Over 650,000 people hit by drought

Thursday, 13 October 2016 - 7:15


Over 650,000 people in 20 districts are hit badly by the prevailing drought conditions, while Polonnaruwa is affected the most.

A total of 130,928 people belonging to 27,472 families in Polonnaruwa are thus affected.

Other affected districts include Anuradhapura, Batticaloa and Puttalam.

Following are the number of affected people in each district.

Anuradhapura- 20, 122

Batticaloa- 57, 001

Puttalam- 45, 641

Monaragala- 44, 824

Ampara- 63, 635

Hambantota- 52, 332

Kalutara- 93, 968

The Disaster Management Center stated that about 150,000 families are finding it hard to find sufficient water for their day to day work.

Meanwhile, crops in most of the areas were destroyed due to the lack of water.

However, the Department of Meteorology said that rains can be expected in the coming days.