The drought ongoing since the beginning of 2016 is seriously affecting 18 districts of the country with shortages of drinking water and impact on agricultural activities. The rice harvest is less than half the normal production. Water levels are at approximately 20% in the main reservoir.
With limited seed availability, the prospect of yields for the next planting season in April are poor. At present, an estimated 1.2 million people are seriously impacted and there are concerns regarding the deterioration of household food security and nutrition.
Additional capacity for water trucking to distribute drinking water to affected areas are urgently needed.
Assistance has been requested from the Ministry of Disaster Management for drought affected communities.