On 29 October a landslide occurred at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district, about 220 km east of Colombo. The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) reported 1,067 people (320 families) were affected, 3 people died, 100 are still missing and 66 house were totally destroyed. The figures could change as rescue workers continue to search the debris. The DMC has extended mud slide warnings in six other districts as the country continues to receive heavy rainfalls.
The Humanitarian Country Team identified the following key needs based on preliminary reports: water and sanitation support to people in safety centres (water tanks, water purification kits, toilets, sanitary and hygiene items); tarpaulins, clothes; qualified Tamil-speaking counsellors; mobility equipment (wheel chairs, crutches). In-country humanitarian partners (Sri Lanka Red Cross, World Vision, UNICEF, WHO) mobilised resources and assets to support the Government of Sri Lanka in the disaster response efforts.
Humanitarian partners, in support of the Disaster Management Centre, is currently planning a rapid needs assessment for 5 and 6 Nov.
3 people dead 100 people missing
On 23 Oct, the 33rd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (PA) encountered armed groups in the municipality of President Quirino, Sultan Kudarat province of Mindanao. The clash caused the displacement of around 800 families in the neighbouring province of Maguindanao. The Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is coordinating with the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers at the municipal, provincial and regional levels and the 6th Infantry Division of the PA for security to deliver relief supplies.
800 families displaced
Cyclone 'Nilofar' weakened prior to landfall in Gujarat state on 1 Nov and had no major impact except moderate rains along with windy weather in some coastal areas.
Typhoon ‘Nuri’, the seventh super typhoon of the North-West Pacific storm season, rapidly intensified on Sun 2 Nov. Nuri, currently making a gradual turn north to northeast with sustained winds at 250 kmph, is not forecast to make landfall.
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