Extreme weather boosts poverty in Sri Lanka – report

AlertNet: 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.......

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