Saturday, 26 July 2014 - 19:04
Drought in 10 districts; Water levels recede to 18 percent in main tanks
People of 10 districts have been greatly inconvenienced due to the prevailing drought.
The drought which occurred due to the lack of rain since the first week of March, has affected Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Moneragala, Ampara, Hambantota, Puttalam, Trincomalee, Mannar, Vavuniya and Mulativ districts.
According to our regional correspondents, residents of these districts are facing a severe shortage of drinking water.
However, according to the Director of Irrigation Department Bhadra Kamaladasa the water levels of the 72 main reservoirs under the jurisdiction of the department have receded to 18 percent.
Due to the prevailing drought, fires were reported forest reserves in several districts.
The fire which erupted in Moneragala ,Thimbiriya forest reserve, last night continues to blaze.
According to our correspondent, about 150 acres have been destroyed by the fire.
In addition, fires which erupted in 4 mountain reserves in Hal-dummulla, Badulla as well as in Maduru Oya forest reserve continue to blaze.
The Deputy Media Director of the National Disaster Management Centre Sarath Lal Kumara requests the public to refrain from setting fire to the forests.