Latest updates on country situation
15 August 2023
A dry weather spell in Sri Lanka resulting from below-average rainfall in the first half of 2023 and water shortages in reservoirs have resulted in a drinking water shortage in 15 districts, affecting around 183,000 people. Local authorities have distributed drinking water to around 154,000 affected people. (ECHO 09/08/2023, NDRSC 15/08/2023)
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LKA002 - Socio-economic crisis
Last updated 28/08/2023
18 July 2022
Sri Lanka: Update on the socioeconomic crisis
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On 10 June 2022, ACAPS published an anticipatory analysis of the prospects for the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka. This report provides an update of the previous analysis with information available from 10 June to 17 July.
10 June 2022
Sri Lanka: Socioeconomic crisis
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Sri Lanka faces an economic crisis partly resulting from its twin deficit economy. The economic crisis is affecting the daily life of the population. Hospitals have reported shortages of medicines, price increases have made food unaffordable for part of the population, and some people have already started to migrate to India to escape the effects of the crisis.
07 May 2020
Sri Lanka: Floods from Southwest Monsoon
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The Southwest Monsoon is expected to arrive over Sri Lanka in mid to late May 2020. According to the National Department of Meteorology, an estimated 35,000 to 50,000 families may be displaced, based on analysis of previous floods and landslides.
16 August 2019
Sri Lanka: Drought
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A rainfall deficit in the first half of the year has resulted in drought in most parts of Sri Lanka. As of 12 August, around 660,000 people have been affected across 18 districts. The worst affected districts are Batticaloa, Jaffna, Ampara, Mannar, Mullaitivu and Moneragala, with Mannar and Mullaitivu, both in Northern province, registering the highest percentages of affected people in their respective districts. Food and livelihood needs as well as WASH needs are reported. Farmer families in Northern province are particularly vulnerable.
31 May 2017
Sri Lanka: Floods
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Heavy rains in southwestern Sri Lanka from 25 May triggered flooding that affected 15 districts, of which Galle, Kalutara, Matara, and Ratnapura were the most severely affected. Over 588,000 people have been affected, 180 killed, and 110 are missing. Landslides and flooding have constrained access to heavily affected areas.