IOM assists with flood relief efforts in Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka - The holiday season in Sri Lanka has been marked by heavy rains, high winds and landslides affecting 315,000 people in 20 districts through the country.  The hardest hit district is Batticoloa in the Eastern Province with over 229,000 people affected.  The police and military are conducting rescue missions where needed and the government is providing cooked meals to those who have been displaced by the storms.  13,008 houses have been reported by the government’s Disaster Management Centre as fully or partially damaged.

On request of and in coordination with District authorities, IOM is delivering non-food items from its stocks in Batticoloa, Vavuniya and Kilinochchi Districts.  To date 1,200 mosquito nets, 650 tarpaulins and 375 mats have been distributed along with 75 NFI kits provided by Americares.

Distribution has been made particularly challenging due to the flooding of many roads but began on Christmas Day within 24 hours of IOM receiving the initial request.

Although they have arrived early, heavy rains are common in Sri Lanka at this time of year and the government has not formally declared a disaster.  Over the past year IOM has been working with the government on disaster preparedness, in particular renovating and reinforcing irrigation tanks to prevent flooding during periods of heavy rain.

For further information please contact

Richard Danziger
IOM Colombo
Tel. +94.11532.5300

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Heavy rains, high winds and landslides hit Sri Lanka during the holiday season affecting 315,000 people in 20 districts through the country.  © IOM 2012
Affected families in the village of Pandariyaveli line-up and register to receive non-food items from IOM. © IOM 2012
IOM distributes non-food items to families affected by floods in the village of Pandariyaveli in Sri Lanka. © IOM 2012
Families in the village of Pandariyaveli receive emergency relief kits from IOM. © IOM 2012