Race against the clock: Sri Lanka’s new prime minister tries to avert crisis

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister said on Tuesday that the United Nations has launched a global public appeal to help the island’s food, agriculture and health sectors face severe shortages during the worst economic crises in recent history, but the expected funds are barely forthcoming. on the surface of the The country needs six billion dollars to survive the next six months.

Speaking to parliament, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the UN plans to provide $48 million in aid over a four-month period.

Mr Wickremesinghe said it will be difficult to get some essentials for the next three weeks and urged people to be united and patient, use scarce supplies as carefully as possible and avoid non-essential travel.

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