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Total of 213,292 persons (50,235 families) in four Districts affected by floods

Nov 14, 2010 10:20:30 PM- transcurrents.com

By United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 13 Nov, 2010

This final report was issued by OCHA Sri Lanka on the floods from recent rainfall. It covers the period from 12 November to 13 November.

• The coordination and response to the flash floods is under control with the leadership of the Ministry of Disaster Management and the Disaster Management Centre (DMC). With the water rapidly receding from most areas and no rainfall during the last 24 hours, the expectation is that the situation will improve quickly.

• On Nov 12, the Minister of Disaster Management, held a flood response briefing with UN Agencies and NGOs both national and international to provide an overview of the situation and the efforts so far. The floods have gradually receded and there is no request for international assistance.

• The Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka issued a situation report on Nov 12 as at 18.00 with a total of affected persons at 213,292 persons (50,235 families) in four Districts (Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha and Matara). A total of 17 evacuation centres have been set up in the Colombo District (16) and Gampaha District (1) with 20,604 persons (4,030 families) unable to return immediately to their homes at present.

• On Nov 13, a needs assessment of the affected areas and the remaining persons in evacuation sites is being conducted by the DMC in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS). The SLRCS through its Colombo branches also conducted a 24-Hour Assessment since Nov 11, and will continue with the 72-Hour assessment.

• Although the effects of the rains are significant, it has not deteriorated the food security of the affected people. World Food Programme (WFP) does not foresee substantial food security problems in the immediate future. Emergency food aid distribution is not presently required, however WFP will continue to monitor the situation closely.

• The Office of the Secretary of Health are monitoring concerns for safe water supply, sanitation, prevention of outbreak of diseases and provision of health services, adequate supply of ORS, antibiotics, chlorine tablets, TCL, skin and eye ointments, continuation of ante-natal and post-natal services, support of MOH surge capacity, and securing water pumps for the cleaning of contaminated wells and drainage.