Sri Lanka, Floods and Landslides - December 2014

Funds allocated:
US$ 30 000

The emergency

In December 2014, following heavy rains in the second inter-monsoon, wide spread flooding occurred in over 22 districts of the country. In addition, the landslide risk for the central fragile area remained high. These adverse conditions led to the displacement of over 100,000 people across the districts from their homes and had to be relocated in over 600 safe locations all over the country. Over 1.1 million people were affected due to this emergency. There was much property loss and also several deaths occurred due to floods and landslides.

How it made a difference

Following emergency response activities were carried out by the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) of Sri Lanka with the help of the SEARHEF funds:

  • Supply of emergency drugs and disease control materials
  • Hiring of vehicles for mobile medical teams
  • Organization of health education programmes
  • Supply of water purification materials
  • Increase in the surge capacity of affected areas

Outcome of assistance from SEARHEF
The immediate release of SEARHEF funds following the severe floods and landslides in Sri Lanka in December 2014 helped in relief measures undertaken by MoHP and provided
• Medical care to over 100,000 people
• Public health services to 500,000 people
in the disaster-affected 22 districts.