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05 Oct 2017 description

By Amantha Perera

PERIYAKULAM, Sri Lanka, Oct 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At 52 years old, with two grown children, Newton Gunathileka thought he should be working less by this point. Instead he has never worked so hard – and earned so little.

Gunathileka, from the Sri Lankan village of Periyakulam, in the North Western Puttalam District, is among hundreds of thousands of rural Sri Lankans who have borne the brunt of the worst drought in four decades.

29 Sep 2017 description

There are 100 farmer families in Nelumgama and each family will receive one acre of land.

The main problem faced by the people is the shortage of water for drinking and cultivation. Therefore, the government has to give Rs 20,000 as aid for each family every season.

28 Sep 2017 description

CERF enables fast, flexible and needs-based support for people affected by humanitarian emergencies. The UN General Assembly established the fund in 2005 to provide timely assistance in crises. Since its operational launch in 2006, CERF has developed a reputation for its ability to kick-start humanitarian action, scale up the response to emergencies and serve as a lifeline for people struggling to survive in the world’s most underfunded crises.

24 Sep 2017 description

A new project for rain water harvesting has been initiated in the Jaffna Peninsula as a solution to the severe shortage of water.

Accordingly, it has been planned to save 20 percent of the rain water in an area of 78 square kilometers around the Vadamarachchi lagoon.

The project has got the approval of the Chief Minister of Northern province as well as the cabinet and is being headed by a retired Secretary of the Irrigation Ministry and a retired Director of the Irrigation Department Vidyajothi Eng. A.D. S. Gunawardena.

19 Sep 2017 description

Since late 2016, Sri Lanka has been experiencing a lack of rainfall which has developed into what is believed to be the worst drought in 40 years, with significant impacts on the economic activity, livelihoods and lives of communities. As of 19 September, (0900hrs, UTC+5.30), 1,927,069 people were estimated to be affected by the drought across 17 districts, according to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC).