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Multi-dimensionally poorest population lives in N&E of Sri Lanka – UNDP

By district, Mullaitivu was the worst affected. According to the report, “in the districts of Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi, the predominant concern is not household debt, but rather the availability of a reliable water source”.

In Jaffna, 42% of households reported a reduction in their income as of October 2022. In addition, 81.4% of households reported that at least one member was receiving some form of social protection.

The situation was even more dire in Kilinochchi, where 47% of households reported a reduction in their income and Mullaitivu where 67% of households were insecure as they too had seen a reduction in incomes since October 2022.

In Mannar, 54% of households surveyed had seen a sharp reduction in incomes since October 2022. And an individual even after doing two jobs would take home a salary of nearly 30,000.

In Vavuniya, 42.4% of respondents reported being in debt. Of these, 36.4% reported indebtedness to banks, while 19.8% indicated that they were indebted to finance companies. 68% of them had seen reductions in incomes since October 2022.

The full report can be found here and District Profiles here.

TG

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