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Sri Lanka: Operations Update - Emergency flood relief operation

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Operation Update No. 04: 09 February - 28 February 2011

Torrential rain again poured to North Central, Central & East areas of the country in first 14 days of February affecting over a million people and displacing many. Further significant damage was evident to houses, bridges, roads and other infrastructure.

Livelihoods of most of the affected people were destroyed; Paddy fields of small farmers were covered with water for many days, sand and weeds were washed on to paddy fields. The dams of Inland reservoirs and lagoons were washed away letting out enormous water destroying everything in its path. Also break away of dams has resulted in emptying the reservoirs and lagoons and is seriously affecting the fishing communities.

Our relief efforts are assisted by; International Federation (IFRC), ICRC, German RC, and the Red Cross Society of Chine as noted in previous updates and further by Red Crescent Society of United Arab Emirates LKR 11.05 Million, Freemasons - Masonic District of South East Asia LKR 0.50 Million.


Organized a dengue prevention shramadana (Free Labour) activity at Senegama GND in Uhana DSD involving 150 people. 15 Volunteers participated and the DPDHS, MOH, PHI, GN and the Priest also were present at the activity.

Held a Health Camp at Pahalalanda GN division in corporation with Damana MoH and provided medical items.


Distributed 365 Sleeping Mats, 73 Blankets, 36 Match Boxes, 93 Jerry Cans, 30 Hurry cane Lamps, 34 Candle Boxes, 98 baby Packs, 45 Tarpaulins, 44 Bed sheets, 650 Dry rations, 80 Hygiene Packs, 500 Exercise Books, 100 sarees and 100 sarongs in 10 DS Divisions (Kahatagasdegiliya, Vilachchiya, Thambuttegama, Mihintale, Rajanganaya, Nachchaduwa, Rambewa, Thirappane, Medawachchiya and Talawa).


Conducted the Field Assessment in Badulla, Haliela, Soranathota GND's. 12 Volunteers involved in the activity. Distribution of Roofing Sheets for 45 families with 10 Volunteers.


Distributed Dry Rations to 1470 families in Kiran and Eravur DSD's. A pack consists of Rice, Wheat flour, Soya meat, Dry fish, Dhal, Sugar and Tea. 10 staff and 09 volunteers engaged in activities. 05 vehicles were in operation (01 Lorry, 01 Tractor, 02 Cabs, and a Jeep).


Distributed 54 Temporary shelters, 110 NFRI's, 115 Dry Rations to the affected families in Wavalawewa and Galewela GND's, Conducted Mobile First Aid services and Psychosocial Support at 6 IDP camps in Dambulla DSD. Cleaning Program was conducted at the general hospital of Matale.

45 Volunteers have been involved in the operation daily. 01 Van & 01 Double Cab are in the operation.


Provided 193 Dry Ration packs to the affected families in Badalkumbura and Madulla DSD's. Distributed 40 Hygiene Packs and Milk Powder for 40 families Madulla DSD. 15 Volunteers involved in the activity daily.

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The people in the camps started moving back to their houses in the second week of February. People were briefed on Disaster Preparedness in Udamadura, Diyanilla, Hi Forest, Wawandan Estate IDP Camps. 10 Volunteers were involved in the activities daily.


Provided First Aid in Palatiyawa, Dalukana and Millana GND's in Dimbulagala DSD for two days. Distributed 5000 Exercise books among affected school children.12 Volunteers participated in the activity. Distributed Dry Rations for 803 families in Thamankaduwa and Welikanda DSD's, Provided Gerry Cans, Sleeping Mats, Mosquito Nets, Bed Sheets, Plates, Cups, Candles, Match Boxes to 855 Families and 5 kitchen sets, 5 Tarpaulins in Manampitiya, Aralagamvila and Medirigiriya DSD's. 762 wells have been cleaned in the area. 25 Volunteers participated daily. 01 Jeep, Crew Cab and 04 Motor Bikes have been in the operation.


Provision of dry rations and Sarees, sarongs, Soap, Gerry Cans, Sleeping Mats, Hygiene Packs, Bed Sheets and Candles to 802 families in Vavuniya North, Vavuniya South and Vavuniya DS divisions. 18 Volunteers and 5 staff members have been involved in the operation.

For more information on the flood relief operation please contact

Tissa Abeywickrama

Director General of Sri Lanka Red Cross Society

104, Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka

Phone: +94117651538 |Mobile:+94777510706 |Fax +94112682675