UN+says+96%25+of+disasters+in+Sri+Lanka+caused+by+climate+issues
Saturday, 26 May 2018 - 16:08
UN says 96% of disasters in Sri Lanka caused by climate issues
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The UN agencies say 96 percent of disasters in Sri Lanka are caused by climate issues, such as flooding, landslides, extreme winds and drought.
 
Sri Lanka has ranked the fourth most climate change affected the country in 2016 according to the Global Climate Risk Index, 2018.
 
The annual cycle of floods and drought is causing severe household economic and social stress in Sri Lanka, they say.
 
Heavy rainfall during the southwest monsoon period in 2016 and 2017 caused widespread floods and landslides in southern and western regions.
 
Over 500 people were killed (including 191 people still reported as 'missing' in official documents) and over 1.3 million people were affected during the two years.
 
The high number of deaths is being attributed to inadequate emergency preparedness measures.

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