Sri Lanka: Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu, Mannar, Vavuniya, Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts Situation Report # 155

Report
from Inter-Agency Standing Committee Sri Lanka
Published on 15 Dec 2008 View Original
27 November - 04 December 2008

IDP situation as reported this week by GAs
Displacement after April 2006

Location
Number of
Families
Number of
Individuals
Jaffna
6,010
20,205
Kilinochchi
TBC
TBC
Mullaitivu
TBC
TBC
Vavuniya
3,229
10,805
Mannar
2,938
9,087
Trincomalee
1,389
4,647
Batticaloa
2,274
8,543
Ampara
1,131
4,138

JAFFNA DISTRICT

Situation update

- The security situation remained tense across the District. Artillery shelling continues.

- Several costal villages and areas near the lagoon were flooded and several thousand people displaced from their homes and moved to schools, common building and friends' / relatives' homes. Rains slowed and flood waters receded at the end of week and most of those displaced were able returned to their homes. Currently, some families from lowland area remain in temporary camps. The Government, support by UN and NGO quickly responded to the flood emergency, with the situation now normalizing.

- Paddy fields and agricultural plots were flooded and large amounts of high land crops and fruit bearing trees were also destroyed. Thousands of houses were damaged or destroyed. The electricity supply was not functioning for three days but has now been restored. Telephone lines were out for several days. The government, supported by the humanitarian community is addressing water and sanitation issues as well as providing assistance to vulnerable persons.

- The prevailing bad weather intermittently interrupted mobile phone and internet coverage for most UN agencies. The Peninsula has limited access to land phone lines and internet services.

Displacement/Returns

- On 30 November, the Disaster Management Unit - Jaffna reported that 93,404 families (321,138 persons) were affected by floods and 25,862 families (94,965 persons) had move to 336 camps. Most of these camps have now been closed, and the remaining displaced expected to be able to return to their homes soon.

- Additional IDPs from the Vanni arrived in Jaffna district, increasing the total number of arrivals to 132 persons. IDP are being accommodated in the old court house.

Sector Developments/Gaps

- Since the capture of Pooneryn, the Government has relaxed restrictions on fishing distances and times.

- UN agencies / INGOs and NGOs are in the process of distributing NFRIs packages to 9,000 most vulnerable families affected by the floods.

- RDHS will give priority to cleaning wells at GCE O' Level examination centers this December.

- Flooding affected minefield areas, which resulted in the temporally suspended of de-mining activities.