Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu, Mannar, Vavuniya, Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts Situation Report # 154

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20-27 November 2008

IDP situation as reported this week by GAs

Displacement after April 2006

Location
Number of Families
Number of Individuals
Jaffna
6,013
20,219
Kilinochchi
TBC
TBC
Mullaitivu
TBC
TBC
Vavuniya
3,229
10,805
Mannar
2,928
9,072
Trincomalee
1,389
4,647
Batticaloa
2,274
8,543
Ampara
1,131
4,138


JAFFNA DISTRICT

Situation update

- On 22 November, rainfall of 719.4 mm and cyclonic winds up to 80km/hr caused severe damage and widespread flooding in the Jaffna peninsular. In some areas the situation worsened due to blocked drainage canals. Causeways were flooded, temporarily isolating the Islands off the main Peninsula. Government Agent Jaffna held a meeting on the 26 November 2008 where he requested support from Government partners, UN agencies, INGO, NGOs to assist the affected populations. Primary needs include food, shelter and water/sanitation and non-food related items. For more detailed information on the Northern floods see IASC flood situation reports: http://www.humanitarianinfo.org/srilanka_hpsl/Catalogues.aspx?catID=72

- The security situation remains tense across Jaffna District Areas close to FDL in Muhumalai and Nagarkovil and fighting persisted despite the floods.

Displacement/Returns

- 9,146 families (33,558 individuals) were displaced to 124 IDP camps due to the floods. A total of 32,024 families (118,273 individuals) were affected.

- GA office reports that 1,941 houses were completely damaged and 5,104 houses were partially damaged.

Sector Developments/ Gaps

- GA Jaffna is providing cooked meals to the displaced for seven days.

- Agencies are utilizing stocks of relief items in the district to provide for the affected people.