Sri Lanka

UNICEF Sri Lanka Humanitarian Situation Report #1, 22 May 2016



• As of 09:00hrs on Sunday, 22 May 2016, Disaster Management Center (DMC) reports that 348,476 people had been affected by floods, landslides and heavy rain in 22 districts out of total 25 districts in the country.

• Eighty-two people had been reported dead with 118 people still missing, particularly following landslides that occurred on 17 May 2016 in Aranayaka, Kegalle district.

• A total of 242,927 people are still living in safety centers since 15 May 2016 (7 days) and the majority of displacement is reported in Colombo and Gampaha districts. Attached map depicts the number of safety centers around the island (source: DMC)

• Massive influx of cooked food, non-food items and relief from the general public and private sector was noted in urban and rural areas affected by floods and landslides. This has resulted in difficulties of crowd controlling, effective relief distribution and limited coordination of relief donation.

• Department of Meteorology predicts more rain over the island in next few day as the normal southwest monsoonal rains settle in.

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

Weather Forecast issued at 12:00 noon on 22 May 2016 by the Department of Meteorology predicts that showers will occur at times in the Western, North-Western, Southern, Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces. Fairly heavy falls (above 75mm) are also likely in some places. Showers or thunder showers will occur at a few places in the Eastern province after 2.00 pm. Strong windy conditions over the country and in the sea areas around the island will continue further particularly over the Southern, Eastern and Northern sea areas.