by Zafran Packeerally
Sri Lanka Red Cross / 2019-01-08 16:43
Due to the incessant rain which prevailed in the Northern part of Sri Lanka, many people were displaced and were housed in temporary shelters. People living in flood affected areas lost their homes and livelihoods as well. According to reports over 100,000 people were affected.
The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society’s Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi Branch continues to provide support to people affected by floods despite the weather having improved.
According to reports, incessant rains over the past few weeks along with heavy winds have resulted in flash floods in northern Sri Lanka affecting over 100,000 people. The worst-affected districts were Mullaitivu, and Killinochchi in the northern parts of Sri Lanka.
As of now SLRCS has managed to provide NFRI to over 4500 people in Killinochchi and Mullaitivu districts.
A team of expertise on Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society left to India in order to support the post-flood recovery operations in Kerala India. The SLRCS Water and Sanitation Team will be assisting the flood recovery operation in Kerala in coordination with the Kerala Branch of the Indian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society.
Over 600 people have died and several hundred thousand were affected due to the Monsoon Rains which ravaged many parts in Kerala.
06/06/2018 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Red Cross Society of China donated 50,000 USD to the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) supporting the relief efforts on the present disaster of flooding and landslides.
On June 6, Chinese Ambassador H.E. Cheng Xueyuan, on behalf of the Red Cross Society of China, handed over the donation to Mr. Nimal Kumar, National Secretary of SLRCS.
31 May 2018 Colombo, Sri Lanka; The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, with support from the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies has launched a recovery operation to assist over 50,000 people who were severely affected by the recent floods.
Launching the operation that would assist in areas of health, water & sanitation, shelter and relief the Sri Lanka Red Cross aims to provide the means to the severely affected to get back in to their normal lives.
Heavy pre-monsoon rains in Sri Lanka continued from 20th May 2018, have killed at least twenty-three people, and more than 160,000 people are affected in 20 District as of yesterday.
Water levels of main rivers are currently showing normal levels in many stations. However, Kalu Ganga & Attanagalu-oya is at flood level but falling slowly.
South-west monsoon has gradually establishing over Bay of Bengal however air circulation is in the vicinity of south-west of Indian sea area and wind speed can be increased time to time.
The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society Volunteers and its Branch Disaster Response Units are continuously engaged in assisting the people affected due to the prevailing inclement weather conditions.
Water levels are rising in Nilwala River, Gin River, Kālu River, Kelani River, Aththanugala Oya and Ma Oya and people at down streams are advised to be vigilant in this regard.
18/05/2018 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society and its Disaster Response Units located in every branch of the country (each in every district) has been put on high alert as the inter-monsoonal rainy season sets above the country. As of now rains calculated to be over 100mm can be experienced in Southern & Eastern parts of the country, with thundershowers being expected in other parts.
20/04/2018 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka Red Cross Society joined hands with Kegalle RDHS Office to create a ” Dengue Free Kegalle ” under Dengue Prevention Programme.
During February 2018, there was a discussion at Kegalle regarding this matter and as a result of it some items were needed to enhance the Dengue Prevention Programme in Kegalle.
As a result of it, items worth of Rs 2.5 million were handed over to RDHS office by Sri Lanka Red Cross Society.
08/11/2017 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society Colombo Branch took steps to provide relief items to people affected by minor floods in Hanwella, Colombo today. Around 800 families received aid during the day. The Kuwaiti Red Crescent sponsored the relief packs and funded the relief distribution.
Their support will extend to people affected in districts of Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Colombo, and Galle totalling their support to over 4000 families.
20/10/2017 – Kurunegala, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society took steps yesterday to vested in the public three disaster risk reduction projects that will provide support to over 200 families in Maspotha, Kurunegala. This project initiated after a risk assessment of the community found that most families do not have access to safe drinking water, hence a source for that needed to be created. After discussing with the communities the officials from the Sri Lanka Red Cross Kurunegala Branch decided to dig two wells and a pipe well in order to solve the issue.
26/09/2017 – Matara, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society with the support from the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) has begun the construction of houses for people affected by the landslide in Morawakkanda in Deniyaya, Matara.
On the 25th May 2017, the Morawakkanda mountain gave way owing to massive rains experienced before. This resulted in the mountain collapsing over the village below. Over 25 families were affected. The landslide killed 6 people, and 12 are still missing presumed to be dead.
25/08/2017 – Kegalle, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society vested in public the first house completed for people affected by the Aranayake landslide in Kegalle yesterday (24th). This house was built by the funds donated by the public in Sri Lanka and the world over through online contributions.
On the 17th of May 2016, the Samasara mountain in Aranayake gave way and came atop three villages underneath burying it completely. According to Government estimates over 100 people died owing to this disaster.
03/08/2017 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: As the dengue epidemic continues to claim lives in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society in partnerships with the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has increased activities aimed at combating dengue epidemic in the island. As of now over 327 people have lost their lives while over 119, 773 have contracted the disease.
by Mahieash Johnney, Sri Lanka Red Cross Society
Saumya Sanesha reads a headline in one of the local newspapers which says, “Worst dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka; 298 deaths.” As she heads out the door, she thinks about the importance her day’s assignment and all the people in her community whose lives are at risk.
20/07/2017 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society & the Singapore Red Cross entered into a memorandum of understanding to provide relief and care for the people affected by the recent floods and landslides in Sri Lanka.
29/06/2017 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Federal Republic of Germany today donated 16.5 million rupees (100,000 Euros) for the longer term recovery phase programme for floods and landslides that occurred in the month of May this year.
The funds will be mainly utilized for water & sanitation along with hygiene promotion activities.
Accordingly the signing of the agreement took place today at the Germany Embassy in Colombo amidst the presence of His Excellency Jörn Rohde, the German ambassador to Sri Lanka.
19/06/2017 – Various Locations, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society continues its effort to ensure that people who were affected by floods in rural Sri Lanka will avert another health crisis by ensuring that they are provided with quality medical care within their village.
10/06/2017 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society which has launched an array of humanitarian response across the nation after floods and landslides devastated over 7 districts and affecting over half a million people.
Over 220 people lost their lives from incidents as a result of the calamities.
Even prior to the disaster the Red Cross branches in the South West of Sri Lanka were put on stand by as forecasts showed heavy rains for this part of the country.
As the rain holds up, the disaster situation prevailed in the island is gradually diminishing. There was no significant rain fall reported from the areas which were affected by floods & landslides. As the access to affected areas has become easier and people are being provided with relief with support of relief agencies, government institutions, forces and police. However, some areas are still under water and people are stranded due the slowness of falling of the flood water levels.