Thursday, June 01, 2017

Death toll in Sri Lanka flooding, landslides surpasses 200

Global warming is causing more floods around the world.

June 1, 2017

The death toll in Sri Lanka from flooding and landslides caused by torrential monsoons last week has risen to 203 as of Wednesday, with 96 others missing, local media reported.

The Disaster Management Center said about 630,000 people have been affected, with some 1,500 homes and other buildings completely destroyed by two days of heavy rainfall that severely hit the island's southern and western regions from Thursday and caused the worst flood damage since 2003.

Japan said Wednesday it will dispatch a disaster relief team to Sri Lanka, as well as provide tents and other emergency relief supplies through the Japan International Cooperation Agency.


June 01, Colombo: Three ships of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy) arrived at port of Colombo on Wednesday to render assistance to Sri Lanka's rescue and relief operations following the devastating floods and landslides.

The ships which were initially on a goodwill, subsequently focused their intentions on relief efforts to help the general public battered by inclement weather, Sri Lanka Navy media said.

Five teams of medical personnel along with 10 small boats aboard these ships, are expected to be deployed in relief operations in close collaboration with the Sri Lanka Navy.



As of 1 June, 17 countries have provided in-kind donations, expert support and funding to the relief operations. Norway announced a contribution of US$1.2 million to the response including part of the allocation to UNICEF. Italy allocated EUR 200,000 ($224,850) of multilateral emergency funding to WFP. Canada will provide CAD $250,000 ($185,100) for the response.

The Ministry of Health has issued a bilateral request for 10,000 dignity kits and 2,000 maternity kits, UNFPA is working to meet this request. A total of 19 agencies including the Sri Lanka Red Cross are currently responding in most of the affected districts.


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