17 Jul 2014
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On 10 July, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided US$1.7 million for the provision of water and food to drought-stricken communities in Sri Lanka.
The failed annual northeast monsoon, which runs from December to February and supplies water for Sri Lanka├óÔé¼Ôäós agricultural production, resulted in severe crop losses and water shortages. By the end of March 2014, over 240,000 families had been affected, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Most people in the affected areas relyon small scale farming activities and Sri Lanka faced steep increases the price of rice, a staple part of the Sri Lankan diet.
The funding from CERF will assist the World Food Programme and the UN Children├óÔé¼Ôäós Fund in their recovery efforts through the provision of potable water and food for 60,000 people.  For more information click here.

CERF has already allocated $5 million to help kick start life-saving assistance in Haiti. CERF is a fast and effective way to support rapid humanitarian response. It provides immediate funding for lifesaving humanitarian action at the onset of emergencies and for crises that have not attracted sufficient funding. Contributions are received year-round. Find out how to donate here: