Puttalam among thirteen districts hit by drought as heavy rains lash other regions

The Meteorological Department forecasts heavy showers in the Sabaragamuwa Province and in Kalutara, Galle and Matara districts on Wednesday evening.

According to the Disaster Management Centre, while a part of country is experiencing showers, thirteen districts are suffering due to a drought.

It is further observed that that 440,465 people belonging to 192,633 families have been affected by the drought, and that water is being continuously supplied to these families.

Dry rations are also being provided to over 122,000 people affected by the drought.

The Puttalam district is, at present,  the worst-affected district, where 217,062 individuals belonging to 67,095 families are affected by the drought.

Meanwhile, the Department of Irrigation states that only 63% of lands have been cultivated for the Maha season.

“Water levels of the reservoirs under the purview of the department are at 29%,” said the Director of the Water management division at the irrigation department Wasantha Bandara Palugaswewa.

The Mahaweli Authority claims that only 50% of the water requirement can be supplied to the Mahaweli zone for the Maha season.

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