Wednesday, 09 July 2014 - 13:05
Severe drinking water problem in Rajarata
Residents living in certain areas of the Dry Zone are facing a sever drinking water scarcity due to lack of rain for several months.
The drought has hit the Anuradhapura and the Polonnaruwa districts heavily.
Polonnaruwa District Secretary Nimal Abeysiri said bowsers have been used to supply drinking water to certain areas of Medirigiriya, Hingurakkgoda, Welikanda and Dimbulagala Divisional Secretariat Divisions.
He also said the Secretariat has only nine water bowsers, and they are not sufficient to distribute water to the drought hit areas of the district.
The water level of several reservoirs has also declined rapidly due to the prevailing drought.
Irrigation Department water management unit director Janaki Meegastenna said the water level of reservoirs of Hambantota, Trincomalee and Moneragala districts have dropped by 20%.
Agriculture Department Natural Resources Unit Director Dr. Ranjith Punnyawardana said lack of rain in Dry Zone during the South Western monsoon season is not a new phenomenon.
He also said sufficient rain is expected in Dry Zone during the month of September.