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21 Apr 2017 description


  • Almost 900,000 people in hard-hit areas of Sri Lanka are faced with serious food insecurity and malnutrition due to the country’s worst drought in 40 years. The main harvest (Maha) in March 2017 declined by more than half and the secondary harvest (Yala) in September will also be significantly impacted, bringing hardship and suffering, and increasing indebtedness for poor families.

10 Apr 2017 description


As of 5 April, 900,000 drought-affected people have been classed as severely food insecure, of which 80,000 need immediate support to mitigate the impact of the drought and 25,000 require urgent humanitarian assistance. The loss of two consecutive harvests due to poor rainfall has impacted food security and resilience. As a consequence of the poor Maha harvest, seeds for the Yala season are “seriously compromised.” This, coupled with water shortages, could exacerbate the situation if the Yala harvest is severely impacted as expected.

08 Apr 2017 description

The Government of Pakistan donated 10,000 metric tons (MT) rice to assist people who affected by the drought, the inauguration event held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (07).

Maj Gen (R) Syed Shakeel Hussain, Pakistan High Commissioner of Sri Lanka offered rice donation symbolically to the President Maithripala Sirisena during the event.

Sri Lanka received 7,800 metric tons of rice in the initial stage of receiving 10,000 metric tons rice from Pakistan.

30 Mar 2017 description
  • The drought ongoing since the beginning of 2016 is seriously affecting 18 districts of the country with shortages of drinking water and impact on agricultural activities. The rice harvest is less than half the normal production. Water levels are at approximately 20% in the main reservoir.
  • With limited seed availability, the prospect of yields for the next planting season in April are poor. At present, an estimated 1.2 million people are seriously impacted and there are concerns regarding the deterioration of household food security and nutrition.