ECONOMYNEXT – Australia said it will provide Sri Lanka 25 million US dollars to help Sri Lanka meet urgent food and healthcare needs as the island nation confronts its worst economic crisis in 74 years.
“During this challenging period, Australia stands with the people of Sri Lanka, especially those experiencing severe hardship,” Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong said in a statement on Friday August 19..
On June 20 Australia provided 50 million US dollars in food and medicine aid and this additional support brings Australia’s Official Development Assistance response to 75 million dollars.
The extra humanitarian assistance is in addition to the 23 million dollars in ongoing development assistance to Sri Lanka in 2022-23.
“Our support will be delivered through UN agencies to provide food, health and nutrition services, access to safe water and essential support for those at risk, including women and children,” the statement said.
The World Food Program in July’s Food Security Monitoring report noted that the proportion of households identified as food insecure was 49.4 percent in July compared to 31.5 percent in June 2022.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on August 06 reported that 5.7 million people in Sri Lanka were in need of humanitarian assistance, with 4.9 million being food insecure. (Colombo/Aug19/2022)