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IDPs tracked

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Displacement Movements

12,000
IDMC 2021
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IDP Population Trend

  • Administrative division with available number of displaced persons
  • Site assessed by DTM
  • Data not available
About Sri Lanka

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.

Mobility Impact due to COVID-19 in Sri Lanka

To better understand how COVID-19 affects global mobility, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been working to map the impacts on human mobility, at Global, Regional and Country level.


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Sri Lanka — Displacement Report - Round 1

On 25 and 26 May, incessant heavy rainfall brought by the southwest monsoon triggered flooding and landslides in 15 of the 25 districts of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka - Displacement Report - Round 2

The information from the 2nd round of DTM is expected to be useful for the government and other humanitarian actors, particularly to understand the recent condition of displacement in Rathnapura District.

Sri Lanka — Statistical Summary of Displacement Situation (30 May 2017)

DTM identified 545, 283 affected individuals and 80,409 individuals in safe sites. 361 safe sites were identified. 768 houses were fully damaged and 5,869 houses were partially damaged. Most damaged houses were identified in Matara.


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Sri Lanka - Baseline Assessment Round 1
Jul 31 2017

A baseline assessment is a sub-component of mobility tracking. It aims to collect data on IDP, migrant or returnee population presence in a defined administrative area of the country.

Mobility Tracking, Baseline Assessment
Sri Lanka — Site Assessment Round 2
Oct 31 2017

A site assessment is a sub-component of mobility tracking. It aims to collect data on population presence, living conditions and needs in a particular displacement site or community.

Mobility Tracking, Site Assessment

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