A total of 50,163 dengue cases and 56 dengue deaths were reported countrywide upto December 31 last year,Epidemiology Unit sources said.According to the sources, the highest number of dengue cases, 10,051 had been reported from the Colombo district while the second highest number, 5604 was from the Gampaha district. The third highest number of dengue cases, 4,817 had been reported from the Baticaloa district.
Monetary provisions to provide relief for the victims of the inclement weather can be released without any shortage, says Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.He stated this during his visit to observe the current situation of the flood victims in Kilinochchi yesterday (28).
Kilinochchi District Secretary Suntharam Arumainayaham said that all the District Secretaries, have taken immediate steps to help the victims of floods in accordance with the guidance given by President Maithripala Sirisena. He pointed out that facilities have been provided already to all the persons sheltered in welfare centres.
Minister of Industry & Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons and Co-operative Development Rishad Bathiudeen has given instructions to provide immediate relief to the flood victims in the Northern Province.The Minister has instructed relevant officials to provide this relief through the state-owned wholesale network Lanka Sathosa, which is under the purview of the Minister.
On the directives of Office of the Chief of Defence Staff and the information provided by the Disaster Management Centre, Sri Lanka Navy is extending their relief operations for the victims affected by the adverse weather condition prevailed in Kilinochchi and Mulativu districts in the Northern Province. As at now, relief teams have been deployed in many areas including Thondamanaru, Mankulam and Kottaadi.
A survey conducted by the Presidential Task Force on Dengue and the National Dengue Eradication Unit has revealed that there is a high risk of dengue spreading in the Western Province.The National Dengue Control Unit states that this program was carried out with the objective of preventing the dengue epidemic in the Western Province. The survey program has been conducted on December 13 and 14.
Over 75,000 people belonging to 22,823 have been affected by flash floods and heavy winds in the Northern Province after days of heavy rains. Out of those affected, over 11,000 people were evacuated to 35 safe locations as their homes were inundated due to continuous rains.
As the number of flood victims rose to 44,959 due to heavy rains caused by flash floods in the Northern Province, the National Disaster Relief Services Centre (NDRSC) has allocated Rs. 5 million to the flood-hit Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Vavuniya, and Jaffna Districts. The allocation has been released to the five District Secretariats, and the NDRSC will release more funds if necessary to address the immediate and early recovery needs of the people in the flood-hit Districts.
Nearly 50,000 people have been affected by the raging flood waters in the Northern Peninsula over the past two days, and the authorities warned of more wet weather in the area and elsewhere.Incidentally, the number of affected people is the single largest figure since the end of hostilities between the security forces and Tamil Tigers in 2009.
A total of 48,303 dengue cases and 52 dengue deaths had been reported countrywide upto December 20 this year, Epidemiology Unit sources said.According to sources, the highest number of dengue cases, 9,551 had been reported from the Colombo district while the second highest number, 5,408 had been reported from the Gampaha district. The third highest number of dengue cases, 4,727 had been reported from the Batticaloa district.
Following the directives of the Office of Chief of Defence Staff and based on information from the Disaster Management Centre, naval personnel are currently engaged in relief and rescue missions in the districts of Mullaitivu and Killnochchi which are worst affected by the inclement weather condition. Accordingly, the Navy has deployed 09 dinghies and 06 relief teams in aforesaid areas since yesterday (22nd December), to assist flood victims.
President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed relevant authorities to provide immediate relief to the people affected by the heavy rains and floods that prevailed in the Mullaitivu, Mannar and Kilinochchi District.
More than 45,000 people from nearly 14,000 families had been affected due to the heavy rains and floods in all the five districts of the Northern Province, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said. The affected districts are Mullaithivu, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Vavuniya and Jaffna.
Sri Lanka reiterated its commitment to creating a mine-free Sri Lanka by 2020 at the 17th Meeting of the State Parties to the Mine Ban Convention (Ottawa Convention) organised by the International Centre for Humanitarian Demining in the United Nations Complex in Geneva.The Progress Report on Demining was tabled at the meeting and it was commended by the international community as originally 1,302 Sq.km of land extent was identified as a suspected and known contaminated area immediately after the war.
Inclement weather conditions experienced during the past week had caused flooding and minor earth slips in many parts of the country. Incessant rains had resulted in the sudden increase of water levels in tanks and reservoirs. Increased water levels had posed a threat to some tanks as their bunds had showed signs of breech and leakage. Timely action by Sri Lanka Army troops to attend to such emergency situations had prevented such leakages becoming disasters.
The Severe Cyclonic storm ‘GAJA’ over the Southwest Bay of Bengal is likely to move away from the country by today (16), the Department of Meteorology stated.Hence windy and showery condition in the Northern part of the island and Northern sea area is expected to reduce gradually from this evening.
Issued by the natural hazards early warning center
At 08.00 p.m. 15th November 2018. For the period until 02.00 p.m. 16th November 2018
For Northern and North-Central Provinces and Puttalam and Trincomalee districts and for Northern, Eastern and Gulf of Mannar sea areas
PLEASE BE AWARE:
The Severe Cyclonic storm ‘GAJA’ over the Southwest Bay of Bengal is now located approximately 170 km away from Kankasanturai to the northeast of Sri Lanka, near latitude-10.8N, Longitude-81.2E at 05.30p.m. on 15 November. It is very likely to move west-southwestwards.
More than 57 Army personnel including Officers of the Security Force Headquarters - Kilinochchi (SFHQ-KLN) late Thursday (8) afternoon placed sand bags and prevented a split in the Vannivilankulam tank bund, affected due to continuing torrential rains.
Divisional Secretariat for Manthai East and officials at the Departments of Agriculture and Irrigation alerted the 65 Division Headquarters about the imminent danger that would displace thousands in the event of any breach of the tank bund owing to fast swelling rainy water levels.
Relief packs will be distributed from today to the people affected by the severe drought in the Anuradhapura district in North Central Province. The distribution will take place at Nochchiyagama, Thalawa, Galenbindunuwewa, Kahatagasdigiliya and Mihintale Divisional Secretary's Divisions.
The National Disaster Management Centre (DMC) yesterday announced that 57,015 persons belonging to 14,175 families have been affected by the prevailing adverse weather conditions in the country with nine deaths reported so far. According to the DMC, one person is reported missing and 19 injured. A total of 12,000 displaced persons belonging to 2,611 families have been housed in 28 temporary relocation centres in three districts.