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25/12/2014 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: Heavy flooding in Sri Lanka since 19 December 2014, in 18 districts has affected an estimated 675,000 people. Six people have been reported dead due to floods & landslides. Currently, 80,736 people are living in 344 safety centers. It’s reported that 3,175 houses are fully destroyed and 11,366 houses partially damaged due to floods.
Out of the total 72 major made tanks (reservoirs) in Sri Lanka, 53 are already over-spilling expanding the flood damage to agricultural lands. Extremely heavy rainfall was observed during 16th -21st December in Eastern and North Central regions.
Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Batticaloa districts received highest rainfall during this week exceeding 200mm on the 19th. Rainfall reduced slightly on the 20th but still coastal areas of Batticaloa received rainfall up to 140 mm and increasing again on the 21st with a high rainfall of 180 mm in Wilpattu in North Central Province.
While continuing the immediate response interventions by all stakeholders there are medium term and long term recovery needs are existing in affected areas. Housing, livelihood and small scale infrastructure rehabilitation are major areas to be concerned by humanitarian actors.
What we can do
1. Long Term Strategies
- Mainly focuses on construction of resilient houses under the technical assistance and supervision for the affected families. The resilient village will include;
- build resilient houses with basic furniture and kitchen utensils
- Supporting for their Health Needs
- Provide water and sanitation facilities Specially Toilets.
- Programme for children in order to ensure the safety and better future of children under the supervision.
- Logistic support for School Development – Books, Furniture’s, Child needs,
- Scholarship scheme
- Psychosocial support and Trauma Counseling
- Play grounds with equipments.
- Empowering livelihood options of displaced personnel Provision of livelihood options for the displaced persons and their dependants. Implementation of the
- livelihood development programme linking the existing initiatives.
2. Medium Term strategies
- Temporary relocation of flood victims Provision of suitable land for relocation of flood victims of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, and provision of temporary shelters and all the required basic facilities. Additionally, provision of facilities and other requirements for the children to continue their education without further interruptions.
- Temporary shelters and all the required basic facilities
- Water and sanitation facilities
- Water bowser and water tanks for drinking
- Portable generators
- Safety equipments
3. Short Term strategies
- Provision of basic requirements for the displaced communities by giving special attention to children, women and disable people for their safety.
- School uniforms, School bags, shoes and other personal belongings
- Books and any other materials required to support their education
- Personal belongings for women ( sanitary items etc)
- Wheel chairs, crutches, other disability friendly equipment
- Towels, bed sheets, blankets, umbrellas, mosquito nets etc.
- Mattresses (Folding and Sleeping)
- Water purification kits
- Mobile toilets
- Water tanks and Water pumps
- Roofing sheets
- Ground penetration detectors which can be used for search & Rescue operation
- Emergency rechargeable lamps
- Raincoats, boots etc.
4. Implementation modalities For further details please kindly contact the officials named below.
Chandrawathi Hewagallage National Coordinator
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580 participants met in Gelsenkirchen/Germany for the 2nd international Environmental Counsel on 8 and 9 October 2011. Among them were international participants from Brazil, Chile, Japan, the Netherlands, Peru, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine and the USA. In two plenary discussions, 10 forums and 14 workshops we discussed:
Humanity is standing at a crossroad: The foundations of life and the future of the present and future generations are directly called into question. The serious possibility is developing that humankind cannot survive on this planet. This dramatic situation is confronting the international environmental movement with the challenge to develop a new quality of worldwide, enduring and reliable cooperation.
Essential factors, in close interaction, for the development to a global environmental catastrophe are:
- the transition into a global climate catastrophe through the emission of greenhouse gases,
- this year’s development of the biggest ozone hole up to now in the northern hemisphere,
- the radioactive contamination of the earth, which was intensified enormously by the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima,
- the destruction the oceans’ biosphere, the rain forests, the diversity of flora and fauna undermine the foundations of food production,
- the pollution of the environment by electric smog,
- the merciless overexploitation of the resources, for instance fracking and biofuel,
- new risky technologies like CCS and genetic engineering, which are developed as a part of strategies for greenwashing and have devastating consequences,
- senseless large-scale projects like Stuttgart 21 or the extension of big airports.