Sri Lanka

Tuesday 22 May 2018

Dengue fever fears grow as rains cause flooding and landslides in Sri Lanka

Eight people have died and more than 38,000 people have been affected by dangerous storms and heavy rains, which lashed central and southern Sri Lanka in recent days.

Five districts suffered major flooding with some receiving up to 35cm of rain in just a few days. The government has issued a landslide warning in seven districts, and urged people in low-lying areas near swollen rivers to be extra vigilant.

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Thursday 1 June 2017

More than 1.5 million Sri Lankans now affected by weather disasters as drought cripples the north and east, floods ravage the south

Extent of education crisis beginning to emerge after floods

The number of Sri Lankans affected by weather-related disasters has hit more than 1.5 million as the nation simultaneously battles crippling drought in the north and east of the island and deadly flooding in the south.

An estimated 630,000 people have been affected by severe floods across sevensouthern districts, including 75,000 who still cannot return home, while more than one million have been impacted by drought.

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Saturday 27 May 2017

Sri Lanka’s deadly floods could exacerbate dengue crisis, warns Save the Children as more rainfall is on the way

Communities devastated by the flooding and landslides that have so far killed 100 people in Sri Lanka could have another battle on their hands after almost 53,000 dengue fever cases were recorded across the country since the start of the year.

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Thursday 9 March 2017

1.2 million people affected by drought in Sri Lanka as farmers are confronted with worst harvest in 40 years

Sri Lankan farmers are counting the cost of the nation’s worst drought in decades, which has caused widespread crop failure and food shortages while compounding the nation’s existing malnutrition crisis.

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Thursday 19 May 2016

Save the Children estimates 150,000 children affected by floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka

Save the Children warns that as many as 150,000 children have been affected by floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka, which have so far claimed 37 lives.


The aid agency is expecting the death toll to rise as government agencies and NGOs continue to assess the damage and conduct rescue efforts following major flooding and two landslides in the centre of the country.


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