Food agency feeds 170,000 flood victims in Sri Lanka

Recent floods in Sri Lanka which have been described as the worst natural disaster to hit the island since the 2004 tsunami have destroyed a "significant amount of rice paddies", according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

WFP truck convoy in Sri Lanka

The UN agency is providing emergency food assistance to 170,000 people affected by the floods.

WFP spokesperson, Emilia Casella says farmers will be supported after their harvest was destroyed by the floods.

“A significant amount of rice paddy has been badly damaged. This was just ahead of the harvest that was going to take place in February /March and it was expected to be a bumper crop. So there is concern about the effect on food security of the people. So far the World Food Programme has distributed rations emergency rations to 170,000 people. And those distributions will be ongoing. We are looking to cover initially about 420,000 people with emergency food rations.”

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