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Friday, 20 January 2017 - 7:42
700,000 affected by drought; Rains expected tonight
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The MET department says that a change in the dry weather is projected from tonight.

The department stated that Jaffna peninsula as well as the Northern and Eastern provinces are expecting showers, later today.

The MET department further noted that the cold weather conditions prevailing in several provinces are expected to warm up considerably.

Over 700,000 people have been affected by the prevailing drought conditions.

The Center for disaster management noted that 16 districts including Trincomalee, Kandy, Gampaha, Hambantota, Matara and Monaragala had been significantly impacted by the adverse conditions.

The special task committee appointed by the president to oversee measures to be taken against the drought conditions is to hold a progress assessment meeting today.

Secretary of the Mahaweli development and Environmental authority, Udaya R. Seneviratne noted that the meeting will be held at the Presidential Secretariats office under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.

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