Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Monsoon Flood Update Situation Report 11



- As the waters are receding, some people are venturing back home spontaneously. However the Meteorology Department warns of heavy rainfall, exceeding 100mm in some locations, in the Northern, North-Central, Eastern, Uva and Central Provinces and the Hambantota District in the days ahead. The displaced population may escalate, with those who have returned home compelled to reseek shelter in temporary evacuation centres or with host families.

- The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) reports that, as of 09:30hrs on 8 February, 1,132,654 people (304,163 families) are affected by the floods. This includes 193,742 persons (51,544 families) in 703 temporary evacuation centres in 15 districts. Fourteen deaths, nine injured and two missing persons are reported.

- Agencies continue to support the government-led response to the floods. Food, clean water, non-food items (NFIs) and basic common shelters are priorities for assistance to displaced persons in evacuation centres. Additionally, dry firewood for cooking is a concern.

- The unpredictable situation due to fluctuating rains challenges rapid and effective delivery of assistance to those in need. Many reservoirs are already or nearly overflowing. In Mannar District, authorities have evacuated residents from areas where reservoir bunds are in imminent danger of being breached. While access has improved to some areas, many roads remain submerged.

- Recovery efforts in the aftermath of the January floods, in cleaning contaminated wells and overflowing septic tanks as well as other interventions, have been undone by the developing flood situation. Initial assessments reveal serious damages to cultivation and fisheries livelihoods. Extensive support to re-establish livelihoods and rebuild damaged houses will be required as the situation returns to normal.

- Schools in flood-affected areas, including those being used as temporary evacuation centres, will remain closed until 9 February.


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