Advisory: Strong Winds in Sri Lanka - October 2018 - Compassion International

Advisory: Strong Winds in Sri Lanka - October 2018

  |   Posted: October 04, 2018   |   Updated: November 05, 2018

Final Report: November 5, 2018

Most beneficiaries have resettled back in their homes and have resumed their daily activities. A few weather disturbances remain in the country but are shorter in duration and milder. There are on and off rains in Colombo and Chilaw, but no other Child Development Centers (CDCs) have been reported as impacted. In total, nine CDCs and 212 beneficiaries were affected. CDCs used Compassion Disaster Relief funds to help those were affected by this disaster.

Update #6: October 26, 2018

Rains continue off and on and one additional beneficiary was impacted. Child Development Centers (CDCs) continue to support affected beneficiaries and their families. So far, 209 beneficiaries, and nine CDCs have been affected.

Update #5: October 17, 2018

Local partners in Sri Lanka continue to assess the impact of recent weather events and respond to the needs of children and their families. So far, nine Child Development Centers (CDCs) and 208 beneficiaries have been reported as affected. The greatest need during this time of disaster has been food, which the CDCs have been providing through Compassion Disaster Relief funds. Please pray for our beneficiaries in this area to remain healthy and strong as their families recover from this disaster.

Update #4: October 16, 2018

The wind and rains have subsided in Sri Lanka except for occasional showers. The Compassion Sri Lanka national office is waiting for additional impact information from church partners. So far, nine Child Development Centers (CDCs) and 194 beneficiaries have been reported as affected. CDCs are using Compassion Disaster Relief funds to support affected beneficiaries and their families. The Compassion Sri Lanka national office will keep us informed as additional impact information is made available. Please continue praying for affected children and their families as they recover.

Update #3: October 10, 2018

The Sri Lankan government is working on plans to provide relief to those affected by recent winds, flooding, and landslides. Child Development Center (CDC) staff and Compassion Sri Lanka national staff continue to assess the impact on beneficiaries. So far, 9 CDCs and 194 beneficiaries have been reported as affected.

Update #2: October 9, 2018

Storms that began with strong winds are now causing more damage with heavy rain and flooding. Landslide alerts have been issued in some areas. Military and police forces are assisting with evacuations. Forecasters expect the storm to begin moving northwest, away from Sri Lanka. Impact assessment for Compassion beneficiaries is ongoing. So far, eight Child Development Centers (CDCs) and 94 beneficiaries have been reported as affected. CDC staff are visiting children’s homes to assess the impact and their needs.

Update #1: October 8, 2018

Rain showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue in parts of Sri Lanka this week with temporary, localized strong winds. Authorities encourage residents to take precautions due to the lightning these storms may bring. So far, six Child Development Centers (CDCs) and 14 beneficiaries have been reported as affected. CDCs continue to assess the needs among children and their families. Reporting may be delayed due to the storms’ impact on communications.

Disaster Alert: October 4, 2018

Strong winds and thunder showers that began last week are affecting many areas of the Western Province of Sri Lanka. Puttalam and Colombo districts are the most impacted. Many roofs have been damaged by the wind, and rain is expected to continue. There have been no reports of flooding at this time. Local disaster management authorities have visited some of the affected homes and may help with repairs. Impact records are not available yet. Child Development Centers (CDCs) are assisting families with cleanup and evaluating the need for further support. Compassion Sri Lanka will keep us updated as more information becomes available.