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It is a time of extreme heat and anxiety in Sri Lanka. Even the rains last week felt like a sudden burst of cold water on the smouldering asbestos sheets on most Sri Lankan household roofs, creating a blast of cold air before the heat returns once the rains end. -

The old adage ‘nature is the great equaliser’ no longer holds true in countries like Sri Lanka, where the poor bear the brunt of extreme weather events -

Erratic rainfall in Sri Lanka hitting rice crop, power production -

Sri Lanka is vulnerable to the impact of climate change largely due to its critical dependence on water resources for biodiversity, food security, livelihood and power generation - Central Bank

Sri Lanka plans to offer a national crop insurance scheme to help farmers cope with increasingly severe and disruptive weather and resulting crop losses. -

Back-to-back disasters compound north’s difficulties

Floods in the past two months following a long drought have left Sri Lanka’s Northern and Eastern provinces reeling, with tens of thousands of people displaced, thousands of houses damaged or destroyed, and stretches of agricultural land devastated. Rain beginning on 16 December has affected at least 350,000 people, displaced 31,000, killed 39 and left seven missing. -

Crocodiles and humans increasingly come face to face because the latter seems to be encroaching big time and the animal is losing the battle. We may not suspect but rising salinity and acidity in fresh water due to climate change is working as a booster for the croc population, experts say. The pix is of a croc-proof bathing enclosure in Sri Lanka south.

Water conservation “desperately” needed

Floods, drought in Sri Lanka exacerbate vulnerability

Recent extreme weather in Sri Lanka is likely to intensify the vulnerability of the poorest living in the country’s hardest hit northern and eastern regions, experts warn. -