Number of people affected by drought to go up if no rain

The number of people affected by the drought in Sri Lanka will see a sharp increase if there isn’t sufficient rain in the near future.

The Treasury has released Rs. 1.5 billion to the District Secretaries through the Ministry of Disaster Management for the purpose of distributing dry food rations among the drought affected people, the President’s office said today.

Rs. 1.43 billion out of the Rs. 1.5 billion provision has already allocated to the relevant tasks as well as the process of distributing dry food rations among the people in Puttalam, Kurunegala, Kilinochchi, Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Anuradhapura, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Monaragala districts already commenced.

The District Secretaries say dry food rations will be issued speedily to the people in the Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Ampara, Badulla, Hambantota, Vavuniya and Mannar districts.

Dry food rations will be issued to the selected farmers by District Secretaries and Divisional Secretaries through the Co-operative Societies.

These dry food rations will be issued according to the instructions given by President Maithripala Sirisena, during his recent visit to Kebithigollewa, to inquire into the issues faced by the drought affected people and a number of programmes are being implemented to provide welfare to the people including their drinking water requirements.

The number of families which have been affected by drought in 15 districts is nearly 500,000. This number will increase to 600,000 if there isn’t sufficient rainfall in the near future.

The district secretaries have reported though there has been a considerable rainfall in several districts it is not enough to end the drought. It is reported that the drought is having a major impact in the North, East, North-Central and Wayamba Provinces. (Colombo Gazette)

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