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.


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