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Tropical Cyclone Roanu - May 2016

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On 15 May 2016, Sri Lanka was hit by a severe tropical storm that caused widespread flooding and landslides in 22 districts out 25 districts in the country, destroying homes and submerging entire villages. At least 104 people are known to have died following this disaster; 99 people are still missing, many as the result of a landslide in Aranayake, Kegalle District, which devastated three villages. An estimated 301,602 people have been affected by this disaster, including at least 21,484 people who remain displaced from their homes. (OCHA, 26 May 2016)

In Bangladesh, Cyclone Roanu made landfall on 21 May 2016, causing floods, landslides and submerging homes. Initial reports indicate at least 24 are deceased and up to half a million people have been affected. The death toll may increase as more information becomes available and emergency services reach more remote areas. Widespread rainfall totals of 150-300 mm are expected, raising significant concerns for life-threatening flooding and landslides. Some communities could be cut off by damaged or flood-ravaged roads and bridges. (ECHO, 22 May 2016). On 3 June, IFRC launched Emergency Appeal for 2,031,716 Swiss francs (CHF) to support 55,000 people. On 5 June, Humanitarian Coordination Task Team released Joint Response Plan which requests US$ 12 million to assist more than 432,000 vulnerable people in the severely affected areas.

In Myanmar, after passing Chin State and Sagaing Region from 21 to 22 May, Cyclone Roanu has finally dissipated. According to the Government Relief and Resettlement Department, so far there have been no reports of deaths or of any significant displacement caused by the rains or landslides. The Government deactivated its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in Nay Pyi Taw on the afternoon of 22 May. (OCHA, 22 May 2016)