Some describe the current drought in Sri Lanka as the worst in 50 years, while others say it is just a little out of the ordinary. The entire island has been suffering from the effects of the drought for several months. Yet, as ironic as it may be, the situation abruptly became a national issue in a matter of days.
Sri Lanka has, for quite some time, experienced disasters. However, this year they appear to have come almost uninterruptedly. Among the bombing of the Bandaranaike International Airport, the ongoing northeast conflict and the continuing political crisis, the failure of the monsoons is leaving hundreds of thousands of families in the south with no food and water.
The Hambantota district appears to be the hardest hit. But several other districts such as Moneragala, Puttalam, Kurunegala, Ratnapura, Badulla and Ampara are also beginning to feel the grave effects.
The local media coverage has resulted in a mass influx of relief. Government institutions, private organisations, schools and people are participating in the relief effort by donating mostly water and dry rations.
Some feel that the situation is being somewhat exaggerated and is not as bad as it is made out to be over the media. However, the fact still remains that the Hambantota district is a purely agricultural area. Months of no rain could easily result in starvation for many families who have no other means of livelihood.
Sri Lanka Red
Cross offers relief to 1000 families
focuses on long term solution for
long-term solutions to water problems of victims
Service Department aids other affected districts
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