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Thursday, 01 August 2019 - 15:17
600,000 AFFECTED BECAUSE OF DRY WEATHER
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The persistent dry weather(drought) which has affected 18 districts of the country for more than six months has still not improved.

The Disaster Management Center stated that as a result 625,770 persons have been affected so far. The highest number of people affected by the inclement weather was from the Batticaloa District in the Eastern Province, with 79,984 persons affected.


The water level of 75 reservoirs belonging to the Irrigation Department is presently at 19 percent. The water level of the Senanayake Samudraya in Ampara, the largest reservoir in the department has dropped to 3 percent. The Department of Irrigation stated that the water level of Nachchaduwa reservoir has decreased to 22%, Deduru oya to 19% and water level at Parakrama Samudraya has come down to 39%.

The Ministry of Power and Energy stated that the water level of the reservoirs used for the generation of hydroelectric power has also come down to 35%. Spokesperson of the Ministry Sulakshana Jayawardena stated that if this situation persists, it could also pose a challenge to generating hydroelectricity.

Meanwhile, due to the dry weather a fire that erupted on a grassland near the Minneriya National Park last evening has destroyed over 20 acres of land.

However, the Director General of the Department of Meteorology, Athula Karunanayake said that rain is expected by mid-September in the areas affected by the dry weather.

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