UN declares full humanitarian emergency in Sri Lanka

UN declares full humanitarian emergency in Sri Lanka

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said that Sri Lanka is facing a complete humanitarian emergency, the Daily Mirror reports.

The United Nations says in its latest update that nearly 200 essential medicines are currently out of stock and another 163 are expected to run out in the next two to three months.

In addition, there is a shortage of over 2,700 essential surgeries required and more than 250 standard laboratory materials. Many hospitals have had non-emergency surgeries and delays due to power outages and a lack of fuel to operate generators.

 “Sri Lanka’s economic turmoil could escalate into a full-fledged humanitarian emergency,” OCHA said.

In response to the government’s request, the United Nations has launched a $ 47.2 million plan for the period from June to September.