Drought affects 120,000 acres of paddy

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 - 13:00


Director General of Irrigations Saman Weerasinghe stated that 120,000 acres of paddy cultivation have been hit by the prevailing drought in the island.

He was speaking at a media conference held this morning in Colombo.

Addressing the media, Chairman of Water Supply and Drainage Board K.A Ansar said that drinking water could only be supplied till the end of March if the drought persists.

The water level at hydro power reservoirs have dropped substantially in the catchments.

CEB Chairman Anura Wijepala said that the supply of power to the country will not be interrupted however.


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