Sri Lanka capital to give free food to low-income families hit by COVID19

RELIEF FOR VULNERABLE – Colombo Mayor addresses the media March 24 announcing free food parcels for vulenrable families

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo will today begin distribution 50,000 parcels of dry rations free of charge to city dwellers whose livelihoods are affected by the COVID19, the city’s mayor said.

Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake told reporters that nearly 60 per cent of the nearly 800,000 people who live in the Municipality are daily wage earners who live precarious lives.

“The curfews and other restrictions imposed by the government to restrict movements and limit human interactions has also reduced economic activity and this has adversely affected the daily wage earners,” she said.

As part of the solution, the city plans to distribute dry rations to fifty thousand families who are affected by the current situation starting Wednesday, she said.

She said the central government had helped provide the rations and the Sri Lanka Army was providing the manpower to pack the parcels and also help distribute them.

As the crisis broke the municipality closed down parks, Gyms and Libraries and other places where people congregate.

City dwellers have been given a grace period to pay their bills they owe the Municipality. (Colombo, March 25, 2020)