Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: 2017 Monsoon Floods and Landslides - Office of the UN Resident Coordinator Flash Update (5 June 2017)

Dear colleagues,

According to the latest Department of Meteorology forecast, the western and eastern coastal areas of Sri Lanka, including districts severely affected by the floods and landslides, will receive below average rainfall in the month of June.

While average rainfall is beginning to decrease, landslide warnings are in effect for Ratnapura, Kalutara, Galle, Kegalle, Matara, Nuwara Eliya and Hambantota districts.

As flood waters recede, Government response teams continue to reach hinterland villages with the assistance of local communities and civil society organizations.

As of 3 June, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) reported that the Government has released a grant of 166 million Sri Lankan rupees for the flood response (provision of cooked meals, dry rations, sanitary goods, infant food).

The latest Government validated information indicate that the number of total affected people have increased, as more areas are assessed. DMC also reported a significant decrease in the number of people in safe locations. About 22,000 people remain temporarily displaced in 202 safe locations compared to 75,000 people inside safe locations last week.

As of 5 June (12:00, UTC+5:30), an estimated 684,000 are affected in 15 districts. A total of 212 deaths have been confirmed and 79 people remain missing. The number of damaged have increased – 2,500 houses have been destroyed and 15,890 are partially damaged.

To meet the needs of people whose houses have been damaged, the Shelter Working Group has developed a core NFI kit for households and shelter repair kits that will support return from the safe locations, clean up and house-repair.

For households with destroyed houses, repair kits may be appropriate where families are able to live safely on their own land. For people who have been affected by landslides and where it may not be safe to return, tents or transitional shelters may be an appropriate option in cases of prolonged displacement.

On 2 June, WFP handed over 22.5 metric tons of dhal (lentils) to the DMC topping up government rations for 75,000 people for three days.

The UN Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) has launched an Emergency Response Plan which outlines the support UN agencies and local and international NGOs are aiming to provide to the 374,000 most severely affected people in seven districts: Galle, Gampaha, Hambantota, Kalutara, Kegalle, Matara and Ratnapura.

As of 5 June, a total of 22 agencies are currently implementing health, protection, education, food security, WASH, emergency shelter and NFIs and early recovery activities in nine districts.

For the latest Who does What Where (3W) map, please click this link.

The next Flash Update will be issued on or around 8 June.

For more information, contact: Alex Suwitra, Emergency Response Coordination Assistant,