Cyclone Burevi Situation Update #1

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs as of 3 December 2020

Location: Kalundai, Jaffna on 3 December 2020
UNICEF Sri Lanka
04 December 2020


  • Cyclone Burevi entered Sri Lanka from the north-eastern coast in the evening of 2 December 2020 and left Sri Lanka by mid-day, 3 Dec 2020, from Gulf of Mannar. The cyclone caused high winds, heavy rainfall and flash floods in low lying areas in Northern and Eastern provinces.
  • By 2 Dec 2020 evening, the authorities proactively evacuated over 13,758 people living in the eastern coastal areas in North and East, due to high risk of heavy rain, high winds and storm surge. Majority of these evacuees have returned home by the morning of 3 Dec 2020. Currently, around 10,336 people remain displaced in 79 evacuation shelters in Northern and Eastern provinces.
  • Many areas in Northern province received over 200mm rainfall within 12hrs causing flash floods.
  • Disaster Management Center reports that a total of 12,252 people are affected by cyclone influenced inclement weather across 6 districts.
  • UNICEF and partners are monitoring the situation through the staff on the ground with adequate coordination established at national and sub-national levels.
  • UNICEF is delivering 1,000 tarpaulin sheets and 10 family tents upon the request of the Government of Sri Lanka and mobilizing other in-country prepositioned stocks for response (water purification tablets and water 10 pumps for dug well cleaning). UNICEF stands ready to support the Government of Sri Lanka with targeted humanitarian assistance, where required.

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs as of 3 December 2020

Cyclone Burevi with a wind speed of 70-80 kmph is very likely to move west-northwestwards and enter Indian sub-continent during 3 December 2020. As the influence of the system is still over certain areas, showers or thundershowers will occur in the Northern, North-western and North-central provinces, with very heavy rainfall above 150 mm expected in certain places.

Given the proactive evacuation of high-risk people from the coastal zones and wide-spread awareness creation by the Government of Sri Lanka, no deaths reported so far. Only 1 person reported as missing with four people injured in Jaffna district, which was the center of impact.

District Disaster Management Centers report that 9,312 people were affected in Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi and Mannar districts with 15 houses fully damaged and 246 houses partially damaged. Over 1,070 people are currently displaced in 10 evacuation centers and 722 people are living with friends and relatives in Northern province. Government of Sri Lanka provided cooked meals for those living-in evacuation camps and distributes dry rations to others stranded in their homes. In the Eastern province, no deaths or injuries were reported, and only house damages caused by high winds and heavy rainfall. By noon on 3 Dec 2020, more than 8,000 evacuees have returned home. Only housing damages reported so far in Northern and Eastern provinces while damages to infrastructure, assets, food crops, education and healthcare centers and water sources contamination are yet to be assessed.

UNICEF is closely working with the district authorities to support conducting required initial assessments to understand the damages and losses caused by the cyclone in Northern province and to establish a comprehensive understanding on the humanitarian needs of children, men and women affected by cyclone Burevi.

Trincomalee House damages
UNICEF Sri Lanka
Location: Trincomalee House damages Credit: UNICEF Sri Lanka