WHO supports health emergency response to floods and landslides

People being evacuated from landslide areas
Ministry of Health Sri Lanka

With severe flooding and landslides affecting over 500 000 people in Sri Lanka, the World Health Organization is supporting the Government to meet the urgent health needs of the affected communities.

Following the onset of the south-west monsoon, 600 718 people were affected by floods and landslides and 213 deaths were recorded - according to the 6 June 2017 situation report by the District Management Centre, Sri Lanka.

Colombo, Galle, Gampaha, Hambantota, Kalutara, Kegalle, Matara and Ratnapura were reported as among the worst-affected districts.

The World Health Organization Country Office for Sri Lanka is working closely with the Government to provide critical healthcare services and support the country’s early recovery and response efforts. The South East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund was immediately mobilized to support deployment of mobile medical teams; strengthen surveillance of communicable diseases; provide mental health and psychosocial support for survivors and strengthen health promotion activities.

WHO is leading the health response of the UN to the floods and is in close consultation with the Ministry of Health to ensure that medical assistance is provided in a rapid, coordinated and effective manner.

Situation Reports