IOM Sri Lanka implemented the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) in June 2017, as part of the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) response to the heavy southwest monsoon and following Cyclone Mora that caused flooding and landslides in 15 of the 25 districts of Sri Lanka. DTM consisted of a rapid site assessment tool based on key informant interviews and verified by direct observation of available services and living conditions in sites. DTM gathered baseline information on the nature of displacement, mobility of population, needs and gaps, and was designed to complement the Government of Sri Lanka’s data collection by identifying and then systematically monitoring displacement sites in rounds. From June 2017 to October 2017, 3 DTM reports were produced.
The DTM in Sri Lanka was last active in July 2018. Operations in 2018 were instigated due to a monsoon that triggered massive flooding and landslides. Along with the government of Sri Lanka and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the DTM collected information from 10 divisional secretariats in two rounds to provide appropriate aid to displaced populations. The first round conducted was a baseline location assessment followed by a second round of a site assessment. These assessments collected demographic data and sites information such as quality of drinking water, education, livelihood and safety.