The US gives US$ 100,000 to supply drinking water to drought affected families

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

The US has given a US$ 100,000 to the Sri Lanka Red Cross to supply drinking water to 12,000 drought affected families. The US has given a US$ 100,000 to the Sri Lanka Red Cross to supply drinking water to 12,000 drought affected families. Channelled through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Sri Lanka Red Cross will distribute water storage materials and two months of supply to families in drought stricken areas of Puttalam, Anuradhapura and Kurunegala.

Persistent dry weather has also led to repeated crop failures, left tube wells inoperable and caused many reservoirs to run dry, the US said Tuesday.

The project will supply drinking water through tanks stationed near thousands of affected families, who presently depend on the government’s distribution system.

The aid will also provide family size water containers to 2,000 families who don’t have such containers.

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