Sri Lanka’s poverty line crosses Rs 5000 mark for the eight time in 2020

Sri Lanka’s poverty line crosses Rs 5000 mark for the eight time in 2020

Sri Lanka’s poverty line crosses Rs 5000 mark for the eight time in 2020

Written by Hassaan Shazuli

03 Dec, 2020 | 5:34 pm

COLOMBO (News1st): Sri Lanka’s poverty line for October crossed Rs 5000 in October – the eighth time in 10 months this year – official data show.

The poverty line indicates the minimum expense of a person to fulfill basic needs, in a month, according to the department of census and statistics.

Statistics show that the national threshold has been growing since May before reaching Rs 5091 in October, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic that has hit livelihoods.

The highest breadlines were recorded in the Colombo District – Rs 5527, Nuwara Eliya district – Rs 5415, and the Gampaha district – Rs 5359, department figures showed.

The lowest had been recorded in the Monaragala district, with the figure standing at Rs 4794.

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