Extreme Weather Boosts Poverty in Sri Lanka

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A farmer walks through his rice paddies destroyed by floods in Sri Lanka’s Northeastern Polonnaruwa District. ALERTNET/Amantha Perera

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 2:45pm

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By Amantha Perera 

Without fail, Somadasa Gamage has prayed for one thing every year before he plants his crops.

“Rain,” says the 47-year-old vegetable farmer, who has farmed for three and a half decades in Sri Lanka’s remote south eastern Tanamalvilla area, a dry area where rain can be frustratingly scarce.

Last year, for almost six months, Gamage did not plant any crops because a severe drought had dried out the river from which he draws water. When the drought ended, Gamage was relieved – but not for long. Rains began in early November and kept falling into January.

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