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Bigger, badder - the challenge of urban disasters

MANILA, 16 April 2014 (IRIN) - Responding to the devastation wrought by disasters in cities requires relief workers to adjust to the unique constraints and demands of specific urban settings, experts and aid workers say. full report

Unclear path for Sri Lankan war probe

COLOMBO, 15 April 2014 (IRIN) - Human rights activists and academics in Sri Lanka remain divided over how best to proceed in the investigation of alleged war crimes committed during the final days of the country's decades-long civil war. full report

Drought begins to bite in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, 4 April 2014 (IRIN) - Sri Lanka has had six months of drought and could face severe crop losses and electricity shortages if the coming monsoon is as weak as forecasts predict, experts say. full report

Mystery kidney disease spreads in Sri Lanka

ANURADHAPURA/ COLOMBO, 6 March 2014 (IRIN) - Increasing incidence of a chronic kidney disease of unknown aetiology (CKDu) is quickly turning into Sri Lanka’s latest health crisis, with hospitals in the country’s most affected province linking 80 percent of patients’ deaths to renal failure. The disease some refer to as an “unknown plague” has triggered internal migration, particularly among youths living in disease-prone areas. full report

Sri Lanka’s northern house-funding gap

COLOMBO, 25 February 2014 (IRIN) - More than US$300 million is needed for the construction of over 60,000 new homes in Sri Lanka’s conflict-affected north, say aid officials. full report

Why Sri Lankan children in north drop out

COLOMBO, 7 February 2014 (IRIN) - Sri Lankan authorities have expressed concern over an increasing number of reports that children are dropping out of school in the conflict-affected north, where economic pressure and poor prospects are creating conditions that could have negative consequences for the future development of the region. full report

Final phase of Sri Lankan demining will take longer

KILINOCHCHI, 5 February 2014 (IRIN) - Sri Lankan military officials have confirmed that the “final phase” of landmine clearance in the conflict-affected parts of northern Sri Lanka will take another two or three years. full report

Few jobs for university grads in the north

COLOMBO, 9 January 2014 (IRIN) - University graduates in northern Sri Lanka, which is recovering from decades of civil war, are looking at a sparse employment landscape with few opportunities on offer, say officials. full report

Concern over rising HIV infections among youth

COLOMBO, 26 December 2013 (IRIN) - Sri Lankan health officials have called for a greater focus on youth in the battle against HIV as they become more sexually active and the percentage of young people contracting the virus rises. full report

Life-saving hepatitis C drug approved, but cost is high

New York, 23 December 2013 (IRIN) - Following approvals in the US and Europe this month of a new drug to treat hepatitis C, activists are pushing for the medication to be made available in poor countries. full report

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