Sri Lanka – Over 1,700 Displaced by Floods in Northern Province

Update, 14 November 2017

Disaster Management Center (DMC) of Sri Lanka have reported one fatality in the flooding in Jaffna District, Northern Province.

The numbers of those affected and displaced have increased, with 1,913 now forced from their homes and 13,197 people affected across Jaffna District.  DRC say that 235 homes have been damaged and 46 destroyed.

Original Report, 13 November 2017

Parts of Sri Lanka have seen heavy rain since early November, causing floods that have now forced 1,724 people from their homes in Northern Province.

The Disaster Management Center (DMC) of Sri Lanka report that 9,871 have been affected in 12 divisions in Jaffna District, Northern Province. Over 175 house have suffered severe damage and 46 have been totally destroyed, 41 of which are in the division of Jaffna.

Also among the worst hit areas are the divisions of Telippalai (1,253 people affected), Pointpedro (1,354), Kopay (1,107), Maruthankrny (2,352) and Chenkannai (1,066).

Most of those displaced are from Pointpedro, where 1,229 people are staying in temporary accommodation.

Police, the Sri Lankan Army and DMC teams are working in the area to alleviate the flooding and distribute relief supplies.

No injuries of fatalities have been reported.

Northeastern Monsoon in Sri Lanka and India

Rain from the Northeastern Monsoon has affected areas Sri Lanka since early November. Between 02 and 06 November, flooding in Jaffna affected over 2,000 people.

DMC said that 8 people died in floods in Laggala, Matale, Central Province, between 04 and 06 November.

Parts of neighbouring India were also affected, in particular the state of Tamil Nadu where at least 12 people died in flooding.

Rainfall

10 to 11 November 2017

  • Anuradhapura – 40.5 mm
  • Jaffna – 50.8 mm

08 to 09 November

  • Mannar – 73 mm

04 to 05 November

  • Anuradhapura – 102.5 mm

Flood Summary

Last updated: November 14, 2017
Event
Tamil Nadu, India and Sri Lanka, October to November 2017
Date
October 30, 2017
Type
Urban flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall
Northeast monsoon rains affected Tamil Nadu in India and parts of Sri Lanka from late October 2017.

Locations

A - Chennai (India)
B - Tiruvallur (India)
C - Kanchipuram (India)
D - Tirunelveli (India)
E - Cuddalore (India)
F - Laggala (Sri Lanka)
G - Jaffna (Sri Lanka)

Magnitude

Rainfall level
190 mm in 24 hours
Anaikaranchatram, Tamil Nadu, India - November 5 to November 6, 2017
Rainfall level
150 mm in 24 hours
Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India - November 5 to November 6, 2017
Rainfall level
140 mm in 24 hours
Sirkali, Tamil Nadu, India - November 5 to November 6, 2017
Rainfall level
140 mm in 24 hours
Papanasam, Tamil Nadu, India - November 4 to November 5, 2017
Rainfall level
120 mm in 24 hours
Manimutharu, Tamil Nadu, India - November 4 to November 5, 2017
Rainfall level
120 mm in 24 hours
Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, India - November 4 to November 5, 2017
Rainfall level
160 mm in 24 hours
Vedaranyam, Tamil Nadu, India - November 3 to November 4, 2017
Rainfall level
130 mm in 24 hours
Thiruthuraipoondi, Tamil Nadu, India - November 3 to November 4, 2017
Rainfall level
300 mm in 24 hours
DGP office Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India - November 2 to November 3, 2017
Rainfall level
180 mm in 24 hours
Chennai North, Tamil Nadu, India - November 2 to November 3, 2017
Rainfall level
140 mm in 24 hours
Parangipettai, Tamil Nadu, India - November 2 to November 3, 2017
Rainfall level
102.5 mm in 24 hours
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka - November 4 to November 5, 2017
Rainfall level
73 mm in 24 hours
Mannar, Sri Lanka - November 8 to November 9, 2017
Rainfall level
50.8 mm in 24 hours
Jaffna, Sri Lanka - November 10 to November 11, 2017
Rainfall level
40.5 mm in 24 hours
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka - November 10 to November 11, 2017

Damages

Fatalities
12 people
Tamil Nadu, India - November 1 to November 6, 2017
Evacuated
10,000
Tamil Nadu, India - November 1 to November 6, 2017
105 relief camps set up by state
Fatalities
8 people
Laggala, Matale, Sri Lanka - November 2 to November 6, 2017
Affected
13,197
Jaffna, Sri Lanka - November 2 to November 14, 2017
Buildings destroyed
46 buildings
Jaffna, Sri Lanka - November 2 to November 13, 2017
Fatalities
1 person
Jaffna, Sri Lanka - November 12 to November 14, 2017

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