Sri Lanka was among the countries most affected by climate change in 2017, according to research by the NGO Germanwatch.
In its report ‘Global Climate Risk Index 2019’, Sri Lanka was ranked second in among countries most affected by climate change, with Puerto Rico ranked highest.
“In May 2017, heavy landslides and floods occurred in Sri Lanka after strong monsoon rains in southwestern regions of the country. More than 200 people died after the worst rains on the Indian Ocean island since 2003. The monsoons displaced more than 600 000 people from their homes and 12 districts were affected,” the report said.
Last year the North-East was hardest hit by drought, with almost 300,000 affected in the North alone, while the drought continued into 2018.