Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Severe floods and landslides - Emergency Appeal n° MDRLK006 operation update n° 1


Operation summary

The activation of South-West Monsoon weather conditions, have caused heavy rainfalls since 25 May 2017 in the South-Eastern parts of the island. This triggered a major flood and landslide situation in the country, affecting thousands of lives, livelihoods and damages to properties. Disaster Management Centre (DMC) confirmed that 15 districts affected due the heavy rains, strong winds and landslides. Matara, Kalutara, Galle, Ratnapura, and Colombo were among the severely affected districts.

According to a situation report issued by the DMC as of 2nd week of June, at least 153,852 families were affected by floods and landslides. It was reported that 213 people died, 150 injured and 79 people are missing. 185 camps were still functional with about 4,736 families sheltered temporarily. At least 2,788 houses were reported to be fully destroyed and 18,417 houses were partially damaged by floods and landslides. The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) has declared a ‘state of natural disaster situation’ and appealed for international to support towards response and rehabilitation efforts.

SLRCS response operation is mainly covering five districts – Ratnapura, Colombo, Kalutara, Galle and Matara. In Colombo and Kalutara districts, drinking water bottles were distributed during the first few days after the disaster, when flood waters contaminated wells, which were the primary source of drinking water. SLRCS also provided additional relief efforts such as food distribution and non-food relief items (NFRI) with bilateral support from ICRC, PNS and other non-Movement partners outside the scope of this emergency appeal.

Detailed assessments are being analysed and activities continue at the camps where the floods-affected population remain. SLRCS has provided first aid at the camps through mobile clinics and water and sanitation support together with other partners. Two National Disaster Response Team (NDRT) members, Branch Disaster Response Team (BDRT), District Disaster Response Team (DDRT) and First Aid team members were also deployed to support the operations.

The tables below have details of all relief activities (including support from IFRC, bi-lateral and other support) completed by SLRCS branches as of 29 June, 2017. Although some of the statistics are an estimated figure, as indicated by Branch Executive Officers (BEOs), the actual figures are higher than mentioned in the table below.

Secondly, the number of NFRI items distributed vary for each item.