Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Floods May 2018

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Sri Lanka
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Overview of the situation

On the morning of Sunday, the 20th of May 2018, with the provinces of Ratnapura, Kurunegala, Gampaha and Puttalam in particular (in total 19 provinces) being affected, Sri Lanka was flooded due to the onset of heavy monsoon rains. According to the situation update by the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) of Sri Lanka, as of 1200 hours on the 27th of May 2018, over 166,228 people (43,604 families) in 20 districts have been affected. As per the Report, 23 people have died, 13 have been injured and 1 person has been reported missing as a result of the heavy rains. More than 19,519 families have been evacuated into 339 welfare centres in 8 districts including the districts of Puttalam, Kegalle, Kalutara, Ratnapura, Gampaha and Colombo.

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Key figures

Government, humanitarian and private sector actors are coordinating action on the ground to provide support and deliver aid to the people in need. Here the reported damage. 


People killed


People injured


Families evacuated


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On 29 October, Typhoon Yutu (locally named ‘Rosita’) made landfall in Isabela Province. As of 9 November, there were 11 confirmed dead and over 2,500 houses destroyed. Although this storm was not as strong as was initially feared, it affected many of the same communities which were affected by Typhoon Mangkhut (locally named ‘Ompong’) in September. There were nearly 1,100 Baranguays affected by both storms which caused repeated displacement across six different provinces.

2,500 houses destroyed


As of 3 November, nearly 13,400 registered Afghan refugees were repatriated from Pakistan to Afghanistan in 2018. As of the end of September there were nearly 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Nearly 29,000 undocumented Afghans were also repatriated during the same period.

13,400 refugees repatriated
29,000 undocumented migrants repatriated


The humanitarian response to the effects of the 7.4M earthquake which struck Central Sulawesi province on 28 September is ongoing. As of 6 November, 2,087 are confirmed as dead with another 1,084 still missing. More than 211,000 are displaced across Central Sulawesi, while many others have left the province or are staying with host families. The government-led response continues to cover humanitarian needs while transitioning into the recovery and reconstruction phase. The HCT’s Response Plan, requesting US$ 50.5 million to provide assistance to 191,000 people, is funded at 26 per cent.

On 7 and 9 November, heavy rains triggered floods and landslides in West and North Sumatera provinces. In total, two people were reported killed, 100 households were displaced, nearly 100 houses destroyed, as well as roads and bridges damaged.

2,087 people dead


Tropical Storm Gaja has formed in the Bay of Bengal and is traveling West towards southern India. It is not expected to strengthen into a cyclone, however it is likely to bring heavy rain to much of southern India and Sri Lanka. This will increase the risk of flooding and landslides.

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Situation Report

Last updated: 4 Dec - 02:50 from ReliefWeb

Global Highlights

• In Q1-2018, the FAO cereal price index rose by 8.6 percent from Q1-2017, while the global food price index declined by 2 percent year-on-year.

• The real price for wheat was 22 percent above Q1-2017 levels: crops suffered dryness in the United States and cold weather in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, leaving production forecasts open to a downward revision.3 World ending stocks remain at record levels.

• The real price for maize was 6 percent higher than last quarter but stable compared to Q1-2017.
Overall favourable crop conditions offset mixed production outcomes in the southern African regions, leading to firm world supplies.

• The real price of rice increased by 14 percent from Q1-2017, with a slight contraction of stocks in exporting countries and increased buying interest from importing countries.

• In Q1, the real price of crude oil increased by 5 percent from the previous quarter following an agreement on extensive production cuts in major oil-producing countries.

• The cost of the basic food basket increased severely (>10%) in Q1-2018 in five countries: Bangladesh, Central African Republic, Rwanda, the Sudan and Yemen. High increases (5–10%) were seen in Indonesia, Iraq, Myanmar, South Sudan, Turkey and Viet Nam. In the other monitored countries, the change was moderate or low (<5%).

• Price spikes, as monitored by ALPS, were detected in 19 countries, particularly in Burkina Faso, Haiti, Mali, Sudan, Sri Lanka, South Sudan and the Sudan (see the map below).4 These spikes indicate crisis levels for the two most important staples in each country, which could be maize, milk, millet, oil, rice, sorghum, sweet potatoes or wheat.

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