Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Floods and landslide Revised Emergency Plan of Action n° MDRLK005

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Summary of major changes (from initial emergency plan of action):

• The appeal budget has been reduced from CHF 3,622,689 to CHF 1,604,185, to match the total income.

• Permanent shelter components which was 40 per cent of the initial budget was removed due to lack of funding and proposed Government plan to provide housing to landslide affected people. • Livelihood assistance for households to restart/diversify income sources has been increased from 600 to 690 families.

• Health and WASH plans have been revised considering the current need on the ground.

• Health Disaster Risk Reduction programme with a focus on dengue prevention will be implemented from December 2017 to March 2018, targeting to reach additional 27,500 people.

• SLRCS capacity enhancement on Cash Transfer Programming (CTP); one training and a pilot project to field test the learning is planned.

• Appeal timeframe has been extended to another four months totalling to 22 months.

• Final evaluation has been re-scheduled to February 2018 considering the current disaster situation in the region.

• Though there is reduction of appeal budget mainly due to removal of shelter components, more software focus is added in contributing to a wider population, result in increasing number of people reached.

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Sri Lanka was hit by a tropical depression in Bay of Bengal, that affected 22 districts out 25 districts in the country. It destroyed homes and submerging entire villages, triggering floods and a series of landslides that affected thousands of lives and livelihoods, and caused widespread property damages. The worst affected districts were Colombo, Gampaha, Kegalle, Kurunegala and Puttlam. A total of 104 people reported dead, 99 people are still missing due to the landslide in Aranayake, Kegalle district, and more than 428,000 people affected. Some 4,000 houses were damaged and 600 more were totally destroyed. Thousands of people have moved to temporarily camps to seek shelter. The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) declared a ‘state of nature disaster situation’ and requested international appeal to support the response and rehabilitation efforts.