WHO Country Office for Sri Lanka: Floods in Sri Lanka Situation Report No. 5 (28 August 2017)
Following the onset of the south-west monsoon, 600 718 people were affected by floods and landslides and 213 deaths were recorded - according to the 6 June 2017 situation report by the District Management Centre, Sri Lanka.
As of 26 August 2017, as many as 971 people remain displaced in 17 safe locations across 3 districts (Kalutara, Hambantota, and Ratnapura).
A landslide early warning was issued by the National Building Research Organization on 19 August in Ratnapura and Matara districts.
As the current monsoon period will continue until September, the situation may deteriorate following heavy intermittent rainfall.
WHO is supporting the Ministry of Health (MoH) to strengthen emergency preparedness and response capacity of the 8 worst-affected districts1 by revising districts’ disaster health preparedness and response plans; enhancing district health staff capacity on disease surveillance and risk communication and supporting their emergency medical response capacity.