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2017 SRI LANKA FLOOD & LANDSLIDES REPORT

Background On 25 and 26 May, heavy rainfall brought by the southwest monsoon triggered flooding and landslides in 15 of the 25 districts of Sri Lanka. As of 31 May, about 630,000 people and 9,000 houses have been damaged according to UN Resident Coordinator for Sri Lanka. 6 clusters (Health, Food Security & Nutrition, Shelter and NFI, WASH, Education and Protection) have been activated in response to the local needs.

CREST received appeals from 3 local partners, and a relief and assessment team was deployed from 14 – 21 June for initial distributions and to conduct needs assessment with local partners.


Objective

1. Identify the areas for immediate needs and develop a logistics plan.

2. Distribution with local partners and authorities.

3. Situation report and future planning.

Team Member Member: CK Cheong

Travel Events Date - Event

14 Jun

0630 - Check in at KLIA 2.

0930 - Arrived at Colombo and pick up by Thoumiyan and team.

1200 - Arrived at Alliance Development Trust (ADT) N6° 50.922’ E79° 51.954’ meeting with Raghu, Thoumiyan, Andrew and Paramesh.

1400 - Lunch at office

1500 - Visit to UN office at 202-204 Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka. Coordinator during this response is Mr. Alex Suwitra

1630 - Money charger (1 USD = Rs 153) 1800 - Next day planning and rest


15 Jun

16 Jun

17 Jun

18 Jun

19 Jun

20 Jun

21 Jun

Activities 1. Immediate Needs and Logistics Planning Location: Alliance Development Trust (ADT).

Person in Charge: Raghu Balachandran Contact Number: +94 11 551xxxx Email: raghu@adtlanka.org


Update: Initial travel & distribution plan was drafted together with local partners

From left: Mr. Andrew, Thoumiyan, Paramesh, Raghu


Relief Dry Food Pack from ADT


2. Distribution and assessment at Vanapoluhena, Baddegama. Location: Vanapoluhena, Baddegama N6° 11.854’ E80°14.396’. Person in Charge: Father Jayasinhe


Update: There are 300 families in this village, major source of income is tea planting. There is a tea factory in the village. Distribution of dry food pack only for 40 families are badly affected selection has done by the local pastor.

3. Distribution in the District of Rathnapura.

Location: Palawala

GPS: N6° 38.803’ E80° 21.287’

Beneficiaries: 37 Families (Flood / IDP Camp)

​Location: Thimiyawa

GPS: N6° 42.948’ E80° 18.047’

Beneficiaries: 27 Families (Flood)

Location: Elapatha

GPS: N6° 40.276’ E80° 21.986’

Beneficiaries: 57 Families (Flood / IDP Camp)

Location: Millakade Dhodampe

GPS: N6° 43.587’ E80° 20.149’

Beneficiaries: 52 out of 200 Families (Flood)

​Location: Ayagama

GPS: N6° 38.270’ E80° 18.588’

Beneficiaries: 10 Families (Landslides)

​Location: Eheliyagoda

GPS: N6° 52.050’ E80° 16.342’

Beneficiaries: 7 Families (Flood / IDP Camp)

​Location: Dhoranankada

GPS: N6° 51.946’ E80° 14.949’

Beneficiaries: 28 out of 98 Families (Flood / IDP Camp). Food given will cook together.

​Location: Upper Amunutenne Division

GPS: N6° 43.358’ E80° 31.650’

Church: Assembly of God (Landslides)

​Location: Batugedara

GPS: N6° 40.535’ E80° 24.490’

Beneficiaries: 35 out of 645 Families (Flood)

4. School Bags Distribution Before the distribution, assessment was done by ADT, local pastor and school principal. School kits are given only to affected families.


Location: Thebuwana Tamil School Principal: K. Rajaratnam

GPS: N6° 35.384’ E80° 3.945’

Bags: 28 out of 512 students


Others NGO in this area:

People Bank – Exercise books Lion Club,

Hindu Society – Food packs


Location: Thebuwana Sinhala School Principal: Kumarsingal

GPS: N6° 35.452’ E80° 3.274’

Bags: 50 out of 211 students


Others NGO in this area:

People Bank – Exercise books Lion Club,

Hindu Society – Food packs

Location: Neboda Tamil School Principal: Sivarani

GPS: N6° 35.217’ E80° 6.393’

Bags: 20 out of 408 students


Others NGO is this area:

ADT – Food packs

Local Church – School Shoes

Location: Mahagama Tamil School

GPS: N6° 36.765’ E80° 10.820’

Bags: 40 out of 40 students


Others NGO is this area:

None


5. Health Assessment Location: Rathnapura General Hospital Update: During our visit, many dengue cases were reported. People died due to dengue fever, we went to hospital to check the status. At normal day, dengue cases are less than 50. On 17 Jun, ward 11, 125 dengue cases reported and 90 cases were confirmed. At this moment, 6 wards have assigned for dengue patients. (125 is the number for 1 ward). Hospital is running out of medical staff, equipment and everywhere you walk, you will see these pictures. Doctor Nishantha welcomes medical teams to help out.


All pictures are taken with approval from the local authority. Only for CREST’s documentations and reporting purposes.



Financial Reports

92% of the funds are directly delivered to the hands of the flood and landslides survival.



Recommendations

1. Medical Team – Medical assistance is requested from the hospital as the hospital is planning to extend the ward for dengue patients. Medical equipment and staff for dengue treatment is highly in demand at this moment. We can consider to deploy a medical team or helping the dengue patients by providing mosquito nets or sleeping mats.

2. Food and Non-Food Items – Needs a lot of funds to provide for this. It is a short term operations but the needs are plentiful.


4. Livelihood – Majority of the communities are staying in estates. They plant either tea or rubber trees. Damages to the tea plants and rubber trees is not significant.

5. Risk Reduction & Training – Training on Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction with the local partners and community is on high demand. Flood in Sri Lankan is an annual event, providing tools and knowledges on disaster preparedness will be beneficial in the long run and progressively making a change in local community.



Submitted by CK Cheong Date: 22-June-2017

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