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Sri Lanka, which is bankrupt, is seeking immediate assistance to feed its children.

On Monday, Sri Lanka launched an urgent appeal to combat rapidly increasing child malnutrition as the country’s economic crisis leaves nine out of ten citizens reliant on government handouts.

According to the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs, they are seeking private donations to feed potentially hundreds of thousands of children who have gone hungry owing to a lack of food.

The bankrupt state was unable to continue welfare in the face of Sri Lanka’s worst economic crisis since independence.

“The problem was serious when the Covid epidemic was at its zenith, but now, with the economic crisis, the situation is even worse,” secretary Neil Bandara Hapuhinne told reporters in Colombo

According to Hapuhinne, there were 127,000 malnourished children among the 570,000 girls and boys under the age of five in mid-2021.The president of Sri Lanka wants a unity government to save the country’s economy.

He calculated that the numbers had multiplied several times since then due to the full impact of runaway inflation and terrible shortages of food and other necessities.

He claims that the number of individuals getting direct state handouts has nearly doubled in the last year, with more than 90% of the population now reliant on the government for financial assistance.

According to Hapuhinne, this comprised almost 1.6 million government personnel.Officially, Sri Lanka’s inflation rate was 60.8 percent in July, but private analysts believe it is much higher, ranking second only to Zimbabwe.

UNICEF has also released a financial appeal, claiming that the severe economic crisis has disproportionately impacted children in Sri Lanka.

Late last year, the country ran out of foreign cash to cover even basic imports, and Colombo defaulted on its $51 billion foreign debt in mid-April.

The government is presently in bailout talks with the International Monetary Fund under embattled new President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

In a country that previously boasted the finest social indices in South Asia, the country’s 22 million inhabitants face extended daily power outages, long lines for fuel, and shortages of vital food and medications.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country and resigned last month after hundreds of protestors enraged by the economic turmoil attacked his official mansion.