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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2343

Women, Girls & Pregnant Women & Children Worst Affected By Floods & Landslides

Colombo, 02 June, (Asiantribune.com):

As of 1 June , about 658,490 people across 15 districts have been affected by floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains which began last week. Of the affected people, it is estimated that at least 150,000 are women and girls of reproductive age, 7,600 are pregnant women and over 189,000 children are affected by the disaster.

The Government has confirmed 206 deaths, 92 people remain missing and 68,730 people are temporarily displaced to 365 safe locations.

Galle, Kalutara, Matara and Rathnapura are the worst-affected districts. In Rathnapura, relief efforts are hampered by blocked and flooded roads – isolated communities are difficult to reach.

With electricity disrupted in the affected areas, hospitals and health posts are experiencing power shortages which is hampering healthcare services. As of 31 May, the Ministry of Health has mobilized 26 medical teams in health posts established in safe locations.

On 29 and 30 May, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) conducted field visits and initial assessments in the worst affected divisions (covering about 104,000 people) in Galle, Kalutara, Matara and Rathnapura. Emergency shelter, non-food items (NFIs), and health services were identified as immediate needs.

In assessed safe locations, overcrowding, lack of privacy, lack of NFIs and water and sanitation facilities are key issues.

Local NGOs, faith-based groups and private individuals and sector continue to collect, coordinate and distribute to affected communities.

The Sri Lanka Armed Forces continue to evacuate people from high risk areas. To date, Navy teams have rescued and transferred about 9,500 people to safe locations and distributed 194,800 food rations. Military medical teams from Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan have treated over 1,765 displaced people in Matara, Udugama, Galapatha, Bulathsinhala, Nagoda, and Elpitiya.

As of 1 June, 17 countries have provided in-kind donations, expert support and funding to the relief operations. Norway announced a contribution of US$1.2 million to the response including part of the allocation to UNICEF. Italy allocated EUR200,000 ($224,850) of multilateral emergency funding to WFP. Canada will provide CAD$250,000 ($185,100) for the response.

The Ministry of Health has issued a bilateral request for 10,000 dignity kits and 2,000 maternity kits, UNFPA is working to meet this request. A total of 19 agencies including the Sri Lanka Red Cross are currently responding in most of the affected districts.

Courtesy : Report by UN Resident Coordinator for Sri Lanka

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