CERF allocates US$1.7 million for emergency water and food for thousands of families in Sri Lanka

17 Jul 2014
Allocation Story: 
Allocation Story

On 10 July, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided US$1.7 million for the provision of water and food to drought-stricken communities in Sri Lanka.

The failed annual northeast monsoon, which runs from December to February and supplies water for Sri Lanka’s agricultural production, resulted in severe crop losses and water shortages. By the end of March 2014, over 240,000 families had been affected, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Sri Lanka 2014

14 Jul 2014

Following the end of a 26-year civil war in 2009, Sri Lanka’s humanitarian challenges are mainly related to natural disasters, including floods, landslides and drought. In 2014, after the northeast monsoon failed, prolonged drought damaged crops and dried up water supplies in many regions of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka 2012

13 Aug 2012

CERF provides $2 million to Sri Lanka

With humanitarian needs increasing, CERF allocated some US$55 million for the second underfunded emergencies window in August 2012 to bolster operations in eight neglected humanitarian emergencies.

Sri Lanka 2011

25 Jan 2012

CERF allocates $6.1 million in response to devastating floods in Sri Lanka

24 January 2011:  In response to devastating floods from the heaviest rains in the past one hundred years to hit the country, CERF has allocated $6.1 million for humanitarian response in Sri Lanka.

The World Food Programme (WFP) will use some $3 million to provide food assistance and aid early recovery in eastern provinces. Some $1.1 million has been allocated to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for construction and rehabilitation of water supply sources, and maternal, child and adolescent nutrition and health interventions. The International Organization of Migration (IOM) will receive $700,000 for the provision of non-food items, emergency medical referral care, and public health outreach activities. The United Nations Office for Project Services (OPS) will use some $600,000 to provide basic shelter for IDP families as well as water and sanitation facilities to prevent the spread of disease.  $500,000 will go to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for emergency agricultural assistance. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will receive $100,000 for life-saving reproductive health supplies. Finally, the World Health Organization (WHO) will use some $100,000 to conduct emergency health interventions in flood-affected areas.
 
Since 26 December 2010, torrential rain caused by the La Niña weather phenomenon has caused devastating floods and landslides in eastern and central districts affecting over one million people. As of 18 January 2011, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) reported 43 deaths, 51 injuries, 4 missing persons and 360,000 displaced persons.
 
The floods have set back further rebuilding from the 2004 tsunami and decades of conflict that ended in May 2009. Many people had started moving into sustained livelihoods activities, including planting their own crops, however flooding either damaged or destroyed paddy crops that were almost due for harvest. Displacement and physical destruction of houses, livestock, and marketplaces are having a dramatic impact on households’ ability to generate food and income. The floods have also contaminated water supplies and damaged or destroyed infrastructure.
 
Although the floodwaters began to recede on 13 January 2011, challenges of food insecurity, water quality, and housing damage remain. The northeast monsoon season is expected to continue until February, raising concern for more heavy rains.
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