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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.

03 Mar 2017 description

A program to provide Bowsers to supply water to the people in the drought affected areas was implemented under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (2nd March) at the Ministry of Defense.

Under the program, drinking water is being delivered to 180, 000 families in 83 divisional secretariat units in 15 districts.

The Presidential Secretariat under the directive of the President has taken action to provide tractor bowsers to expeditiously supply water to affected areas.

23 Feb 2017 description

Crisis overview

Sri Lanka has been experiencing a drought in most of the country since the beginning of 2016. As of 21 February 899,235 people in Sri Lanka have been affect by drought, across nine provinces (Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka 21/02/2017).

The total cumulative rainfall has been below normal and erratic, despite extremely heavy rain during mid-May 2016. It is highly unlikely that the drought situation will improve before the inter-monsoon showers expected between late March and April 2017 (WFP/Government of Sri Lanka 14/01/2017).

14 Feb 2017 description

Sri Lanka Government Prioritises Achieving Zero Hunger And Zero Undernutrition

COLOMBO  –  Concluding a three-day mission to Sri Lanka, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, joined government, civil society, the private sector, academia and the UN community in the launch of the National Strategic Review on Food Security and Nutrition – Towards Zero Hunger. Cousin praised the efforts of the Government to place food and nutrition security at the core of the country’s development agenda.