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The UK is providing urgent food and farming support to Sri Lankans hit hardest by the economic crisis, Lord Ahmad announced yesterday.

More than one-third of people are struggling to eat and are suffering shortages of fuel, power, and medicines. Sri Lanka has the fifth largest food price inflation in the world, up 93.7% last month, with rice costing 150% more than this time last year.

In a meeting with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ali Sabry at the UN General Assembly Lord Ahmad will set out the UK’s package of £3 million lifesaving support.

The funding will be delivered through Red Cross and UN partners. It will provide access to food, seeds, and tools to help grow crops as well as mental health care, including for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

UK Minister of State for the Middle East, South Asia, and the UN, Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon said: "The UK stands by the people of Sri Lanka who are facing such a challenging time. The ongoing crisis is deeply concerning with so many in dire need of help.

We are providing £3 million of lifesaving support to the most vulnerable and will continue to work with international partners to help Sri Lanka.

This new funding is just part of the UK’s ongoing support to Sri Lanka. The UK is already providing support through the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. The UK is the largest donor to the CERF, contributing more than $1.7bn to the fund since its inception in 2006 and it has already provided $5m to Sri Lanka. The Asian Development Bank and World Bank are providing emergency assistance under a joint action plan to help reduce the impact of economic crisis on the people of Sri Lanka.

 


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  • Sokrates Saturday, 24 September 2022 03:10 PM

    It is good that support is now being given more and more directly to those in need and not to the rat-shagging ass bandits of the government.

    firdhous Saturday, 24 September 2022 04:09 PM

    I wish all the aid items are stamped with un erasable label “UK Aid - not for sale”.

    GERIATRIC Saturday, 24 September 2022 06:53 PM

    What is the MOST vulnerable segment of the Population affected by the Economic Crisis in Sri Lanka? The governance is ignorant of he fact that it is the ELDERLY - especially the OVER 70s - whether it is the rich or poor is no matter in this regard! PLEASE HELP ALL OVER 70s...

    Punchi Sunday, 25 September 2022 04:54 AM

    We told the whiteman to put down his burden and leave and that we can look after ourselves. Now we are self induced failed corrupt beggars who need their aid, their charity and want to go and live in their countries.


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