Sri Lanka

WFP Sri Lanka Country Brief, June 2016

Situation Report
Originally published



  • WFP launched an emergency operation (EMOP 200990) in response to tropical cyclone Rauno that caused widespread floods and landslides affecting 340,000 people.

  • The EMOP urgently requires USD 1.3 million.
    Due to limited funding, assistance has been limited to only 4,000 households out of the planned 10,000 households.

Operational Updates

  • WFP provided assistance to MoH in organizing the National Nutrition Month inaugurated by the President of Sri Lanka.

  • WFP, FAO, UNOPS and UNDP conducted ‘Meet the UN’ session to celebrate the World Environment Day 2016 at the Rajarata University, Central Province. This was the seventh in a series of youth engagements with United Nations Heads of Agencies conducted at universities to create awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • A high-level meeting to review the progress and operational challenges of the Climate Change Adaptation programme took place between the Secretary of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment and Officer-in-Charge of WFP in Sri Lanka.

  • WFP supported the MoH conduct the National Nutrition Survey on pregnant and nursing women.
    The survey information was presented at the data dissemination workshop to stakeholders.

  • WFP is organizing a capacity development programme, on the implementation of the ’72 Hour Emergency Assessment and Methodology’, to staff in the Ministry of Disaster Management The training programme will enable the government to quickly understand the food security situation of the affected populations and coordinate response in the event of a disaster.

  • WFP has agreed to co-lead with FAO, the postdisaster needs assessment on ‘food security and agriculture’ with the United Nations Country Team and the Ministry of Disaster Management in the aftermath of the Cyclone Roanu.