Video: Water levels of Mahaweli, Kelani, Kalu, Walawe decrease further
According to the Met department, the dry weather condition with no rainfall may prevail for the next two weeks and the excessive heat may also prevail until the end of the month.
The water level of Mahaweli, Kelani, Kalu and Nilwala rivers have been receding rapidly. The National Water Supply and Drainage Board said that due to current weather condition, supplying drinking water has been tough.
Kelani river mouth has been blocked with sand bags, and it has been considered to keep it blocked for a period of month.
Water board General Manager Ranjith Balasuriya said that this measure has been taken to prevent marine water from mixing into drinking water.
The General Manager further said that, water supply to high altitude areas in the island have faced difficulties at the moment, therefore the water board has taken measures to supply water via bowsers.
Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Centre said, the prevailing dry weather has been caused by people setting forests on fire.
The Deputy Media Director Sarath Lal Kumara said that Nuwara Eliya, Gampaha, Matale, Kandy and Moneragala districts claim to a higher rate of forest fires.