Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Floods from Southwest Monsoon - Anticipatory briefing note - 7 May 2020


Anticipated crisis impact

  • The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) states that the current weather pattern in the sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Batticoloa via Colombo, Galle and Hambanthota, is currently making heavy showers/thunderstorms and sudden increase of wind speed (up to 70-80 km/h) in the shallow and deep see areas likely. Warnings to the population, especially to naval and fishing communities have been issued. (DMC 06/05/2020)

  • The Southwest Monsoon is expected to arrive over Sri Lanka in mid to late May 2020. Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha, Galle, Matara, Ratnapura and Kegalle districts are at very high risk of monsoon impact. (WFP 29/04/2020)

  • According to the National Department of Meteorology, an estimated 35,000 to 50,000 families may be displaced, based on analysis of previous floods and landslides. (WFP 29/04/2020)

  • Additionally, Colombo and Kalutara districts are identified as high-risk areas for COVID-19 outbreak, while Gampaha and Puttalam are at moderate risk. Special guidelines at central and district level have been issued for response and relief management, planning for early evacuations to pre-identified safe centres, camp management, and food supply. A separate quarantine centre will be established in each district exposed to the southwest monsoon. (WFP 29/04/2020)