NOAA ESRL forecasts shows
over 100 mm of rainfall for the next four days.
Indian Meteorological Departments Regional Model Predictions for the February 5-7th
Flood Disaster in Sri Lanka
There are reports that the Flooding in Sri Lanka has become the second most damaging natural disaster affecting Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka after the Tsunami. The floods have been most devastating in the Eastern coastal zone. The citizen website Groundviews has an updated compilation and mapping of flood impact reports.
Rainfall Estimates by Sub-Districts
Here are rainfall departures from a 10-year mean estimated from available satellite and ground observations by NOAA/CPC. We have found that these rainfall estimates are good within 25%. The rainfall from the end of December 2010 and January 2011 is mapped below. The rainfall is well above the historical record – the average rainfall expected based on a 140 years of record for all of Sri Lanka during December is about 50-80 mm for 10 days. The Eastern region usually gets significantly more rainfall of 70-100 mm. However, rainfall that has been received is about five fold specially in the Eastern Coastal region from Pottuvil, Batticaloa reaching to Trincomalee.
MacArthur Foundation, USA will fund the University of Peradeniya to offer an MDP program with a focus on sustainable development challenges in South Asia, emphasizing tropical coastal areas and small islands. The University will collaborate with the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University, University of California, Davis, and the Foundation for Environment, Climate and Technology, among others. Field training will take place in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
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