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25/12/2014 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: Heavy flooding in Sri Lanka since 19 December 2014, in 18 districts has affected an estimated 675,000 people. Six people have been reported dead due to floods & landslides. Currently, 80,736 people are living in 344 safety centers. It’s reported that 3,175 houses are fully destroyed and 11,366 houses partially damaged due to floods.
Out of the total 72 major made tanks (reservoirs) in Sri Lanka, 53 are already over-spilling expanding the flood damage to agricultural lands. Extremely heavy rainfall was observed during 16th -21st December in Eastern and North Central regions.
Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Batticaloa districts received highest rainfall during this week exceeding 200mm on the 19th. Rainfall reduced slightly on the 20th but still coastal areas of Batticaloa received rainfall up to 140 mm and increasing again on the 21st with a high rainfall of 180 mm in Wilpattu in North Central Province.
While continuing the immediate response interventions by all stakeholders there are medium term and long term recovery needs are existing in affected areas. Housing, livelihood and small scale infrastructure rehabilitation are major areas to be concerned by humanitarian actors.
What we can do
1. Long Term Strategies
Mainly focuses on construction of resilient houses under the technical assistance and supervision for the affected families. The resilient village will include;
- build resilient houses with basic furniture and kitchen utensils
- Supporting for their Health Needs
- Provide water and sanitation facilities Specially Toilets.
Programme for children in order to ensure the safety and better future of children under the supervision.
- Logistic support for School Development – Books, Furniture’s, Child needs,
- Scholarship scheme
- Psychosocial support and Trauma Counseling
- Play grounds with equipments.
- Empowering livelihood options of displaced personnel Provision of livelihood options for the displaced persons and their dependants. Implementation of the
- livelihood development programme linking the existing initiatives.
2. Medium Term strategies
Temporary relocation of flood victims Provision of suitable land for relocation of flood victims of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, and provision of temporary shelters and all the required basic facilities. Additionally, provision of facilities and other requirements for the children to continue their education without further interruptions.
- Temporary shelters and all the required basic facilities
- Water and sanitation facilities
- Water bowser and water tanks for drinking
- Portable generators
- Safety equipments
3. Short Term strategies
Provision of basic requirements for the displaced communities by giving special attention to children, women and disable people for their safety.
- School uniforms, School bags, shoes and other personal belongings
- Books and any other materials required to support their education
- Personal belongings for women ( sanitary items etc)
- Wheel chairs, crutches, other disability friendly equipment
- Towels, bed sheets, blankets, umbrellas, mosquito nets etc.
- Mattresses (Folding and Sleeping)
- Water purification kits
- Mobile toilets
- Water tanks and Water pumps
- Roofing sheets
- Ground penetration detectors which can be used for search & Rescue operation
- Emergency rechargeable lamps
- Raincoats, boots etc.
4. Implementation modalities For further details please kindly contact the officials named below.
Chandrawathi Hewagallage National Coordinator
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Schwerte, 20th May 2013
On 20th May, 320 participants met in Schwerte near Dortmund (Germany) for a strategy conference of the environmental movement.
Humankind is currently at a crossroads: The foundations of human life and the future of today’s and tomorrow’s generations are directly put into question by the profit-oriented economy. A global climate and environmental catastrophe is imminent. Though the environmental movement is one of the biggest and most active movements and though environmental consciousness within the global population has clearly increased, it has not been possible yet to stop this development. In order to build up a superior force, we therefore advocate a new strategy of the environmental movement, which is to overcome the current fragmentation of forces and the separation of the environmental movement from the workers’ movement and aims at a direction, which is to change society. Our decisive conclusion to push forward the establishment of an “environmental union” stands for this aim. We are to bundle the forces against the main originators of the global environmental crisis, i. e. the international banks and monopolies with their governments, and to develop resolute resistance against the destruction of our foundations of life by the profit-oriented economy. On our conference, this topic was vividly and collaboratively discussed in four stages, and the following creative conclusions were drawn:
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Dear environmentalists, dear colleagues,
Many questions and conflicts about the future of our planet on the occasion of the UN world climate conference in Durban concern us.
- With the highest CO2 emission as long as anyone can remember, the transition into a climatic catastrophe advances rapidly, but the international financial capital and its governments in the most powerful countries of the world do not see any reason to stop that seriously.
- Green technology is turning into an export hit – but ‘environmentally friendly production‘ is only being realized if maximal profit margin is expected.
- Environmental protection and jobs are demagogically played off against each other and thus environmental and labor/trade union movements are made to compete.
- The environmental movement in Germany achieved a lot and especially last year it received a special radiation – but its activities are often fragmented, only project-orientated and it lack an international connection to lasting reliable ally partners.