SRI LANKA: Climate & food security monitoring bulletin May-September 2020

The harvest of paddy and other food crops in 2020 was above-average compared to the past few years. Major reservoir storage levels are at 39% of their capacity at present, which is well above average. At the Monsoon Forum conducted by the Department of Meteorology on 5th October 2020, it was advised that the rainfall in October to December is likely to be reduced due to current meteorological conditions which may continue till end of December. This will create challenges to some sectors. However, if the current mild La-Nina becomes stronger in the beginning of year 2021, it may bring considerable rains early next year.