Hanaa Singer urges world to help Sri Lanka

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UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Hanaa Singer-Hamdy, appealed to the world on behalf of Sri Lanka to support the country through its economic crisis.

Sri Lanka needs its friends to show solidarity to address shortages in food and medical supplies as the country is facing a severe socioeconomic crisis that impacts all its citizens, she said.

In a tweet, she said Sri Lanka’s gains in healthcare, education and poverty alleviation are being threatened by the crisis. We need your support to provide food security and medicines to the vulnerable people in Sri Lanka, she added.

Food inflation is already at more than 90 per cent year-on-year, according to July data, and the World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that about 6.7 million Sri Lankans out of a population of 22 million are not eating enough.

Also, the UNICEF in its recent report on the country said, 70 per cent of households have reduced their food consumption, primarily due to the rising cost of food, and 73 per cent of households have had their incomes either curtailed or reduced.