Sri Lanka has been plunged into a drought after the country’s government announced it would not pay any compensation to the families of victims of the deadly monsoon flooding in 2009.
The government said the monsoon rains caused a flood which killed more than 1,300 people.
The Indian government is sending in funds to Sri Lankan government and private sectors for flood relief efforts.
“The government has decided to distribute a total of $7,5 million to the people of Sri Lanka and the people are already in need of help,” Sri Lanka’s finance minister said.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the government would distribute the money to the countrys poorest citizens and the farmers.
He also said he had invited the Indian government to visit Sri Lanka, but it was not yet possible.
In June, a team of scientists from India and the US, who were on a visit to SriLanka to study rainwater harvesting, said that the monsoons rainfall, which was the worst in the country in more than 40 years, had caused severe drought and loss of crops and livelihoods.
Last year, a study from the US-based National Climate Assessment Project said the floods killed 1,832 people in Sri Lanka.
The study said that this is the worst monsoon-related death toll in SriLankan history.
India and Sri Lanka have long struggled with water shortages and severe water shortages have left millions of people in rural areas without potable water, food or clean drinking water.
Earlier this year, the government of SriLanao said it was working on a new strategy to reduce its reliance on imported water, which is made from domestic reservoirs and other sources.