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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.
22 Mar 2017 description

The Government of India donated eight water bowsers to supply water to the people in drought affected areas. Donations were officially handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (21).

The High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu symbolically handed over the relevant documents and keys of water bowsers to the President.

Presently, there are 16 districts directly affected by the water shortage due to the prevailing dry weather condition across the country.

13 Mar 2017 description

Rice harvest could be the worst in 40 years in the South Asian island nation, Save the Children warns

By Amantha Perera

COLOMBO, March 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The worst drought in five years has pushed 900,000 people in Sri Lanka into "acute food insecurity", the World Food Programme (WFP) says.

09 Mar 2017 description
report Save the Children

Sri Lankan farmers are counting the cost of the nation’s worst drought in decades, which has caused widespread crop failure and food shortages while compounding the nation’s existing malnutrition crisis.

Drought conditions now exist in all but two of the country’s 25 provinces, and more than 1.2 million people are affected, including over 600,000 children. Rice paddy cultivation from the harvest just ended was down 63 percent compared to the average, making it the worst major harvest in over 40 years.

06 Mar 2017 description
report IRIN

An emergency assessment obtained by IRIN outlines failed crops, debt and hunger

Close to one million people in drought-hit Sri Lanka are in “urgent need of food assistance” with tens of thousands needing “life-saving support”, according to an assessment by the government and the UN that has yet to be made public.