Although the civil war ended in 2009, the impact of decades of conflict is still apparent in the Eastern provinces. In Ampara district, for example, access to clean drinking water is severely restricted due to contaminated drinking water sources.
According to the National Water Supply and Drainage Board, the total coverage of clean drinking water through pipes is approximately 39% (2012), which means many communities rely on poorly managed water sources, which are often vulnerable to contamination and pollution. Although the government have made major progress in urban areas, rural areas still struggle with the available of clean drinking water.
Additionally, due to damage to homes during the war, sanitation facilities for many are restricted, which can be the cause for the spread of disease.
Islamic Relief is supporting the people in districts that are at a higher risk through the construction of bore-holes that can provide clean water throughout the year, including dry seasons as well as tube wells, depending upon the need and availability of clean water.