UN warns of worsening food crisis in Sri Lanka

COLOMBOS: the United Nation Tuesday warns of a bad thing food crisis in bankrupt Sri Lanka and said the number of people in urgent need of humanitarian help has doubled to 3.4 million.
United Nations agencies estimated in June that 1.7 million of Sri Lanka’s 22 million population needed help.
The United Nations agencies in Colombo in a joint statement said they had raised $79 million to feed those in need, but the growing number of poor meant they needed an additional $70 million. .
“Food insecurity in Sri Lanka has been exacerbated by two consecutive poor harvests, foreign exchange shortages and reduced household purchasing power,” the statement said.
Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence from Britain in 1948 and has suffered from runaway inflation, power outages and fuel economy since last year.
The country defaulted on $51 billion in foreign debt in mid-April and is in talks with the IMF for a $2.9 billion bailout.
Months of protests against high prices and shortages of food and medicine led to the ouster of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in July.
The UN says its revised plan aims to feed 2.1 million people, including pregnant mothers and school-going children, and support the livelihoods of 1.5 million farmers and fishermen.
It also says that the poverty rate in the South Asian country has doubled to 25.6% this year, up from 13.1% last year.


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