Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Sri Lankans Suffering More Economic Pain

  • Sri Lanka is facing multicrises compounded by food insecurity, threatened livelihoods, shortages of vital and essential medicines, and rising protection concerns. The economic crisis is the worst since the country’s independence in 1948.

 Sri Lanka's food inflation soars to a staggering 80 percent in June 2022.

An alarming 6.3 million people (about 3 in 10 households) are now food insecure.   Of this number, 66,000 people are severely food insecure

The majority of households (61 percent) are regularly using food-based coping strategies such as eating less preferred, less nutritious food and cutting back on food portions. 

About 6.7 million people are not consuming adequate diets and 5.3 million people are reducing the number of meals eaten.

While urban households are depleting savings to cope for now, rural populations are already turning to credit in order to purchase food and other essentials.

An alarming increase in high-risk child protection incidents such as sexual assault, physical abuse, and child negligence have been reported in at least four districts, namely: Moneragala, Nuwara Eliya, Batticoloa and Mullaitivu. 

WFP Sri Lanka Country Brief, June 2022 - Sri Lanka | ReliefWeb

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