Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu, Mannar, Vavuniya, Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts Situation Report # 158

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18 December - 25 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
124,369*
Mullaitivu
TBC
83,800*
Vavuniya
3,517
11,630
Mannar
2,899
9,084
Trincomalee
1,389
4,647
Batticaloa
2,389
4,647
Ampara
2,215
8,328

*Figures as of September 2008. These are presently being reviewed. Source - UNHCR, Government Agents Offices Kilinochchi and Mullaithivu

JAFFNA DISTRICT

Situation update

- The security situation remained tense across Jaffna District during the reporting period. Artillery shelling night towards the FDLs continued both day and night, with heavy fighting in the Muhamalai / Kilali region. Cordon and search operations continued and a number of checkpoints across the Peninsula were setup to safeguard electrical transformers.

- An ICRC staff member was shot dead by unknown gunmen on 23 December while on his way to work. Police investigations are underway to ascertain the circumstances that led to the incident.

- The usual one hour of power cut in the evening was increased to two hours and mobile phone coverage remains sporadic. The curfew remains in place from 21:00 to 04:30 daily.

Displacement/Returns

- There has been no change in the IDP situation in the district since last week.

Sector Developments/Gaps

- The WASH sector in Jaffna continued with well cleaning activities at welfare centers and health centers in coordination with the RDHS. In addition, the ACLG office received 50 water pumps for well cleaning which will be handed over to Pradeshiya Shabas to start village level well cleaning in coordination with MOHs.

- Agencies continue with food assistance for communities affected by the floods that hit the District on 26 November. WFP will provide 1,500 MT of mixed food commodities, ZOA plans to provide food packages to 2,000 flood affected families (1,000 families in Velanai and 1,000 families in Kayts), DRC will provide complementary food packages to 3,000 families in Kopay, Karinager and Delft. The identification of beneficiaries is ongoing in coordination with the GA office.

- FORUT will end its five year livelihood project in December 2008 and will consequently close three of its District project offices. The area office will continue to work with reduced staffing in 2009, with a focus on livelihood development training programmes.

FAO lost 1/3 of their seeds stocks during the floods last month, impacting the supply of quality seeds to farmers. Of the 56 MT of potato seed purchased from Colombo by UNDP, FAO and IOM, over 25 % of was spoilt during transportation. The remaining seeds were distributed to beneficiaries and new stocks will be purchased in the coming weeks.

- Land O' Lakes Dairy Development Lanka started a school milk feeding program in J/Velanai Saraswathi Vidyalayam with funding from the Humpty Dumpty Institute.

Technical support was also provided to Government authorities and milk handling cooperatives to implement a milk feeding program for children aged 2 to 5 years funded by the Ministry of Child Development and Women's Empowerment.