The World Food Programme says it intends on reaching out to more people with cash and voucher assistance in the month of September as a large number of people in Sri Lanka are facing acute food insecurity.
The WFP in its latest situation report said in September, the WFP aims to reach 120,716 people adding that it granted 22,000 people with cash assistance in the past week alone.
According to the joint FAO/WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment, without assistance, the food security situation is likely to deteriorate in the upcoming months in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka continues to grapple with its worst economic crisis since independence and according to the World Food Programme, the food security situation is likely to deteriorate even further.
The WFP noted that high prices threaten to further impact food security, with two in five households in Sri Lanka already spending over 75 percent of their income on food.
In June, the WFP estimated nearly one-third of the population were food insecure.