IRIN | EXCLUSIVE: Drought leaves 80,000 Sri Lankans in need of “life-saving” food aid

“Over 900,000 people are in urgent need of food assistance,” says the emergency assessment obtained by IRIN and dated 7 March. Of those, about 80,000 people need “urgent life-saving support”.The drought is affecting 23 of the island nation’s 25 districts, across all nine provinces.Already, many families are being forced to “eat less preferred food, limit portion sizes, reduce number of meals per day,” according to the assessment, which was produced by the government’s disaster management and relief authorities in cooperation with UN agencies, including the World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization.“Irreversible coping strategies such as taking children out of school and selling of livelihood assets could be further increased as a result of the exhausted nature of food consumption based coping strategies,” the report warns.

Source: IRIN | EXCLUSIVE: Drought leaves 80,000 Sri Lankans in need of “life-saving” food aid