Reports say that more than 53,000 persons of five districts are affected by the dry weather prevalent in the island.
The Disaster Management Centre said that people in the Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Kurunegala and Kilinochchi districts have thus been affected.
The district worst affected by the dry weather is the Polonnaruwa district.
People of the Welikanda, Thamankaduwa, Dimbulagala, Lankapura, Hingurakgoda and Medirigiriya Divisional Secretariat areas are facing severe difficulties as a result of the dry weather.
Our reporter noted that lake water levels in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa are receding rapidly
It has been reported that water levels of the Randeniya dam has reduced to 40 per cent while the water levels of the Victoria dam has receded to 60 per cent.
Similarly water levels of Kotmale, Rantambe and Bowathenna reservoirs have also decreased.
Meanwhile, the university administration of the Rajarata University has decided to close down 3 faculties until further notice due to the scarcity of water.
Accordingly, the faculty of humanities and social sciences, applied sciences and management has been closed.
However, the university administration noted that examinations will be held as usual.