Long drought in Sri Lanka affects farmers and cattle herders

25.08.2017

Since the last big rains in July 2016, there has been little to no harvest, which has forced many farmers and herders to abandon their cattle and farms in search of work and water elsewhere.

A joint report by the World Food Program and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization that was released in mid-June, classified the drought in Sri Lanka as the worst in 40 years. Thus far, the drought has affected 19 of the island’s 25 districts and in particular, the arid regions outside the country’s wet western plains and mountains.


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