As of 21 April, over 900,000 people are affected by prolonged drought across 17 of the 25 districts in Sri Lanka. A joint in-country drought response plan is currently being developed by the Humanitarian Country Team in consultation with the Ministry of Disaster Management. NGO consortium partners are supporting local authorities in providing water, sanitation and hygiene services and unconditional cash grants.
In March, US$3 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund was allocated to provide life-saving assistance.
900,000 people affected
During the past week, a heat wave affected north and central India prompting authorities to issue a warning in New Delhi and the states of Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. In March, the Meteorological Department reported that India received the lowest pre-monsoon rainfall for the past four years. Annually, heat waves during the dry season cause hundreds of deaths across the country.
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