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.
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.
By Mahieash Johnney, Sri Lanka Red Cross and Ly Nguyen, IFRC
Dengue, Chikungunya and more recently the Zika virus pose an increasing threat to vulnerable populations worldwide. All of these vector-borne diseases are endemic to various countries in Asia and Pacific and in some countries infection rates, particularly of Dengue, have reached alarming proportions.
28/09/2016 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society’s (SLRCS) Colombo Branch, in partnership with Oxfam Sri Lanka carried out yet another dengue prevention and cleaning campaign in the suburbs of the Colombo city, that were flooded during the monsoonal rains last May.
SLRCS Colombo Branch coordinating with Divisional Secretariat, Municipal Council, Medical Officer of Health, Civil Society, Sri Lanka Police conducted a door to door campaign inspecting the environment of the households and whether they are kept clean and free of mosquito breeding sites.
02/09/2016 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society’s initiative to eradicate dengue in association with Oxfam, The Health Ministry and Communities in Colombo continued with another cleaning campaign in Welewatta in Kolonnawa.
Welewatta is one of the at risk communities who faces the threat of dengue due to the fact that it gets flooded during monsoonal rains. The same occurred in the May 2016 flooding in Colombo.
By : SLRCS-Kegalle
From 17.05.2016 onwards
Due to heavy rainfall which occurred throughout the month of May, a major landslide took place on 17.05.2016 at mountain called “Samasara”, located in Aranayake, Kegalle District in Sri Lanka.
As per the latest report issued by Disaster Management Centre of Divisional secretariat of Kegalle District on 2016.06.25
29/06/2016 – Monaragala, Sri Lanka: The Monaragala Branch of the Sri Lanka Red Cross (SLRCS) has launched a door to door campaign in association with Public Health Officials of the district in order to raise awareness among residents in the area on how to prevent the rise of dengue.
01/06/2016 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society has now ended the emergency phase of its operations for floods and landslides in the recent days, that affected closer to half a million people in Sri Lanka.
25/05/2016 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The relief efforts of Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) continues in the aftermath of flash floods and landslides experienced in the recent days. Over 200 volunteers from Gampaha, Colombo, Kegalle, Puttalam & Rathnapura have been assisting in proving food relief items (such as rice, dhal, sugar, milk powder, baby formula) and non food relief items (such as clothes, hygiene kits and sanitary napkins) and other services (first aid, search and rescue, medical camps) during the past week.
18/05/2016 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka Red Cross rescue team volunteers are continuously working along side Government Forces and other services in order to search for over 200 families missing in Siripura, Pallebage and Elagipitiya villages in Aranayake, Kegalle after a massive landslide occurred last night.
09/03/2016 – Monaragala, Sri Lanka: The Monaragala Branch of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) has been implementing a project to provide water purification plants in Edurugal Yaya village in the Monaragala District. This is one of the villages where there is a rise of kidney diseases due to unsafe drinking water.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) has become a major health problem in rural Sri Lanka. Previously confined to North Central and Uva provinces, it is now prevalent in the Northwestern, Eastern, Southern and Central provinces, and parts of the Northern provinces.
26/12/2014 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society today commemorated the tenth commemoration of the Indian Ocean Tsunami that swept across the island nation ten years ago, killing over 35,000 people and affecting over two million.
Colombo, Sri Lanka: Heavy flooding in Sri Lanka since 19 December 2014, in 18 districts has affected an estimated 675,000 people according to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC). Six people have been reported dead due to floods & landslides. Currently, 80,736 people are living in 344 safety centers (evacuation centres). Its is reported that 3,175 houses are fully destroyed and 11,366 houses partially damaged due to floods.
30/10/2014 – Koslanda, Sri Lanka : Sri Lanka Red Cross Society’s Badulla branch had immediately mobilized first aid teams to the landslide location in Koslanda in the Badulla District. As of this morning (30th October 2014) Non Food Relief Items were distributed to over 200 families located at the Tamil Maha Vidyalaya in Koslanda, the location of the camp housing survivors.
06/03/2013 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) today handed over 3 ambulances worth 28.5 million rupees to 3 hospitals in the Eastern Province.
Trincomalee General Hospital, Gomarankadawala Base Hospital & Padaviya Base Hospital are the recipients of this new ambulances.
The handover ceremony took place in Colombo today (06/03/2013) under the patronage of the President of SLRCS Jagath Abeysinghe, Deputy Director General of SLRCS Sudath Madugalle & the Country Coordinator of German Red Cross Tim Bray.
12/11/2012 – Valachchenai, Sri Lanka: A male and female surgical ward build with funds from German Red Cross & the European Union and implemented by the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society was unveiled to the public recently in Valachchanei in the Batticaloa District.
The ward constructed to a value of 30 million LKR was vested in the public by the President of SLRCS Jagath Abeysinghe and accompanied by the Head of Country Office of German Red Cross in Sri Lanka.
In Sri Lanka, November- January is a rainy season (North East Monsoon) especially in the north and east part of the country. During this season most part of the north, east and central provinces used to be affected by flood and water level raises up 4 to 6 feet. During this period most of the families shift to the higher land or refugee camps.
09/08/2012 – Mullaitivu, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka Red Cross Mullaitivu branch organized a three days hygiene promotion workshop from recently at the Branch Meeting Hall under the Volunteers in Action component with support of the Red Cross Post Conflict Recovery Programme.
25 volunteers actively participated in this programme which was aimed at promoting better hygiene among communities in the area.
Over 75 community members of the communities the Sri Lanka Red Cross is engaged in also took part along with the volunteers.