Sri Lanka: Drought - Nov 2012

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By the end of October 2012, drought had affected an estimated 1.8 million people in Sri Lanka according. Since December 2011, for the second consecutive season, rainfall had been scanty. As a result, many of the water reservoirs dried up, and people living in the worst-hit remote rural areas didn't have access to safe drinking water. The arrival of rains in December 2012 relieved drought conditions in many areas, but the subsequent flooding intensified the vulnerability of many poor living in the country’s hardest hit regions. (IFRC, 4 Apr 2013)

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