UNHabitat Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society partnered in order to provide relief support to people affected by the 2016 floods and landslides in several districts.
Extreme weather conditions prevalent in May 2016 in Sri Lanka resulted in severe floods and landslides affecting 340,150 persons in 22 districts. This resulted in 84 deaths while 116 persons were missing. Over 500 houses were fully damaged and 3,793 houses were partially damaged while 237,240 persons were displaced from their homes. The districts of Colombo, Gampaha and Ratnapura were the most severely affected by the floods, while Kegalle district was affected by several landslides.
In response to this UN-Habitat partnered with SLRCS to assist floods affected people in Gampaha and Colombo district with provision of Non-Food Relief (NFI) Items as a component of “Emergency Shelter Relief for Flood Affected Families in Western Province, Sri Lanka” programme under CERF funding.
Objective of the project
Provide lifesaving assistance through distribution of NFI kits to the vulnerable flood affected returnee’s families in Colombo and Gampaha districts
Number of Beneficiaries covered; 13,500 families
Colombo district – 6830 families
Gampaha district – 6670 families
Project Duration – 3 months
Total Grant amount – US$ 337,359