Sri Lanka

The economic crisis in Sri Lanka is rapidly spiralling into a humanitarian crisis. The Red Cross are supporting the most vulnerable people in Sri Lanka with vital supplies.

Last updated 28 June 2022

The situation in Sri Lanka is worsening by the week. Under a collapsing economy, an estimated 38 per cent of people are facing moderate to severe hunger, according to the World Food Programme.

The nationwide crisis is impacting the entire population of 22 million people in Sri Lanka. However 2.2 million are severely affected:

  • Civil unrest caused by the crisis has caused injuries, hospitalisations, property damage and arrests.
  • Days spent waiting in long queues in the hot sun without drinking water, food and sanitation is causing deaths and hospitalisations
  • Communities have been hit by extensive job losses including farmers and fishing communities which do not have fuel to operate their fishing boats; and farmers.
  • As a developing hunger crisis takes hold, formula and milk for children and nursing mothers is now unavailable.
  • Power cuts and poor public transport, are affecting children’s education
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Sri Lanka Red Cross is providing vital supplies to people affected by the hunger crisis.

Donate to the IFRC Sri Lanka appeal

The IFRC has launched an appeal to support the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society provide vital supplies and safe drinking water.

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How is the Red Cross supporting people in Sri Lanka?

The Red Cross is supporting the country’s most vulnerable people.


Their vital work includes providing cash grants, school packs, hygiene packs, essential medicines and drinking water to those affected.


We hold grave concerns for the most vulnerable communities across the country - some 2.4 million people already lived below the poverty line. They are most affected by the loss of livelihoods, food shortages and the spiralling cos of essential items.
NUdaya Regmi, IFRC Head of South Asia Delegation


An appeal has been launched by the International Federation of the Red Cross, and the response will be scaled up in coming months.