Sri Lanka

Flash Floods in Northern parts of Sri Lanka: Situation report # 2 - 28 Nov 2008

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Due to heavy rains over the past few days parts of the Northern districts of Jaffna, Mannar, Trincomalee, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu have been affected by floods.

Jaffna (1)

9,146 families (33,558 individuals) are displaced to 124 IDP camps due to the floods. A total of 32,024 families (118,273 individuals) are affected. 2,032 houses are fully damaged while 5,971 houses are partially damaged. The Government Agent (GA) Jaffna confirms that cooked food will be provided to the displaced for 7 days. A coordination meeting will take place on Friday 28 November with the GA Jaffna to assess the current situation and decide on next steps. Agencies in Jaffna report that sufficient stocks of relief items are available in the Jaffna peninsula (food, non- food items, shelter etc) for the next few days to provide for affected families.

No rains have been experienced during the day and it is reported that water is slowly receding.

Mannar (1)

5,136 families (23,104 individuals) are affected in the district (28 GNs in Mannar DS, 1 GN in Nanaddan and 3 in Madhu are affected). Assistance is provided by the District Secretary

Trincomalee (1)

7,256 people are affected in the district with 406 families (1,413 individuals) displaced. The Government Agent and agencies in the district continue to provide support to affected families.

Mullaitivu (1)

2,036 families (8,080 individuals) are displaced by the floods while a total of 21,200 families (82,360 individuals) are affected. The AGA divisions of Puththukudiyirippu (PTK), Marimepattu and Oddusudan are affected with the highest number of displaced in PTK (4,084 individuals). Approximately 1,000 permanent houses and 6,000 temporary shelters are damaged. 163 km of roads have been flooded, damaged or washed off with most roads currently impassable. Excess water in main tanks (Visvamadu, Muththayan Kaddu and Uddayarkaddu) has been released through flood gates. Sand bagging has also been done to prevent bund erosion.

OCHA Sri Lanka and UNOSAT have triggered the space charter to provide the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) with satellite imagery of the worst affected areas.

More information will come in, as teams are liaising with the relevant authorities. IASC partners and agencies with the capacity to provide support are asked to liaise and report to the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) of the DMC.

(1) Statistics from the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) Sri Lanka as at 16:00 hrs on 27 November 2008