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Sri Lanka: Floods and landslide Revised Emergency appeal operation update n° 2 MDRLK006

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This operation update provides an overview of the situation, activities conducted and informs the extension of the implementation timeframe by five-month until 31 July 2018. Upon successful completion of the program and with the savings made due to exchange rate fluctuation; rupee depreciation, an extension is requested until 31 July 2018. The main focus of the program during the extension will be on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) with special focus on health risk. Furthermore, this will enable to face forecasted disaster situation in May 2018.

Operation summary

The activation of South-West Monsoon weather conditions, caused heavy rainfalls since 25 May 2017 in the South-Eastern parts of the island. This triggered a major flood and landslide situation in the country, affecting thousands of lives, livelihoods and damages to properties. Disaster Management Centre (DMC) confirmed that 15 districts affected due the heavy rains, strong winds and landslides. Matara, Kalutara, Galle, Ratnapura, and Colombo were among the severely affected districts.

According to a situation report issued by the DMC as of 2nd week of June, at least 153,852 families were affected by floods and landslides. It was reported that 213 people died, 150 injured and 79 people are missing. 185 camps were functional with about 4,736 families sheltered temporarily. At least 2,788 houses were reported to be fully destroyed and 18,417 houses were partially damaged by floods and landslides. The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) declared ‘state of natural disaster situation’ and appealed for international to support towards response and rehabilitation efforts.

The following activities were conducted in the initial relief phase; first aid services, medical camps, well cleaning, hygiene promotion, house cleaning, distribution of NFRI, and Restoring Family Links (RFL).

After the initial relief phase, the focus of activities moved to early recovery/recovery phase, in the four most affected districts (Kalutara, Ratnapura, Galle and Matara). The affected areas in Gampaha and Colombo were less and people have returned to normal living situation.
Under the early recovery/recovery following activities were conducted; unconditional cash grant of LKR 10,000 (CHF 69) for 800 beneficiaries, NFRI procurement, livelihood cash grant program to assist 400 families with LKR 50,000 (CHF 345), and to enhance National Societies (NS) preparedness for response by conducting trainings for volunteers and staff.

A Shelter Coordination team of three staff, (Coordinator, Information Management-IM and national staff IM coordinator) was deployed until 30 November 2017. They provided coordination services in support of the Sri Lanka government for the shelter sector and assessed the local context for defining an adequate sectoral response.

One FACT (Cash) delegate from British Red Cross was deployed for one month and one RDRT operations surge support from New Zealand Red Cross was deployed for three months, and IFRC Country Cluster Support Team (CCST) in Delhi deployed Senior Officer, Operations for flood response support for three weeks.

Upon successful completion of the planned activities, and with the savings made due to exchange fluctuations (rupee depreciation) an extension of the timeframe was requested until 31 July 2018. The main focus during the period will be on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) aspect.