Support to Ministry of Health (MoH) Sri Lanka for response and recovery activities for flood victims - May 2016

Funds allocated:
US$ 100,000

The emergency

Sri Lanka received very high rainfall in almost all districts of the country due to the effect of storm Ronue. This led to island wide floods and landslides in the central hills which affected over 50,000 people across 22 districts. Floods and landslides displaced more than 300,000 people and 200 people either died or missing. At least 10 health institutions were directly affected and 90 were indirectly affected due to the emergency situation. Colombo, Gampaha, Kegalle and Ratnapura were the most affected areas.

How it made a difference

The fund was utilized for immediate deployment of medical and forensic teams, procurement and distribution of medical supplies and health information and education for the affected populations. As the result, medical services provided to over 10,000 people and public health services provided to over 200,000 people.

Outcome of assistance from SEARHEF
• Health response well-coordinated through the national Health Emergency Operations Center
• Essential medical supplies procured and distributed
• Medical teams and forensic teams formatted and deployed to provide immediate life-saving medical care and identification and management of the dead bodies.
• Mental health and psychosocial support provided