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15 Sep 2017 description

By Amantha Perera

KIRIYANKALE, Sri Lanka, Sept 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For four months, Achini Dinesha's life has revolved around water – or, more precisely, the lack of it.

Bathing in privacy and safety is now a matter of careful planning and lucky timing for the 32-year-old mother of two small children. It also involves an arduous trek of 7km (5 miles) from her house in the village of Kiriyankale, in Sri Lanka's North Western Province, to the nearest full waterhole.

31 Aug 2017 description

Drinking water is being distributed to 70, 454 drought affected families in 492 Grama Niladari Divisions in 24 Divisional Secretariat Divisions in Kurunegala District, said District Secretary Gamini Illangaratna.

A total of 204, 760 families belonging to 1,610 Grama Niladari Divisions are receiving drought relief. Under this scheme, a family of two receives dry rations worth of Rs 2,000 for two weeks while a family of three or more receive Rs 2,500 worth of dry rations for two weeks which is distributed by cooperatives.

30 Aug 2017 description

President Maithripala Sirisena has reviewed the progress of the programs implemented by the government to provide relief to the drought affected people in various parts of the country.

A meeting in this regard was held at the Presidential Secretariat, today (29th Aug.).

The President inquired from the officials about the program to distribute dry rations among the affected people.He also questioned about the progress of the program to provide drinking water to the people and further instructed the officials to purchase 100 bowsers to make this process efficient.

29 Aug 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. Across the country, 20 out of 25 districts have been affected with significant impacts on the economic activity, livelihoods and lives of communities. Despite the recent onset of the Southwest monsoon in late May, which triggered flooding and landslides in the country’s southwest provinces, country-wide drought conditions are ongoing.