Following the end of a 26-year civil war in 2009, Sri Lanka’s humanitarian challenges are mainly related to natural disasters, including floods, landslides and drought. In 2014, after the northeast monsoon failed, prolonged drought damaged crops and dried up water supplies in many regions of Sri Lanka.
Nearly 84,000 hectares of agricultural land were affected and almost 60,000 people were in urgent need of clean water. This is the third consecutive year in which some communities that are still recovering from the civil war face a natural disaster.
In July 2014, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved a US$2 million rapid response grant from CERF to help humanitarian partners provide emergency water and food aid.