Drop by drop: An analysis of rain that showered upon the drought-stricken (Special Report)

Drop by drop: An analysis of rain that showered upon the drought-stricken (Special Report)

Drop by drop: An analysis of rain that showered upon the drought-stricken (Special Report)

Written by Staff Writer

18 Aug, 2014 | 4:23 am

Bringing a welcome respite from the heat, rains have been experienced in several drought hit parts of the country, since Saturday night.

Our reporters say that rains were experienced in the Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee and Monaragala districts on the mornings of Saturday night and Sunday.

One hundred and  seventy eight thousand  three hundred and ninety two (178, 392) people in sixty two Grama Niladhari divisions in the Polonnaruwa District were affected by the drought over the past several months.

The rains that have been falling since Saturday night, were no doubt welcomed as a blessing by these people.

Polonnaruwa District Secretary Nimal Abeysiri noted that the Welikanda area which was severely affected by the drought received continuous rainfall for over two hours.

Medirigiriya was among the administrative divisions that were worst hit by the drought. On several occasions, News1st reported on the effects the drought had on the populace in the region.

While all reservoirs and waterways in the area had dried up, the people of Medirigirya also faced numerous issues in accessing clean drinking water. All wells in the villages of Meegaswewa, Vadige Wewa, Kumbukanawela and Pathokwewa had dried up.

Rains were experienced in several parts of Medirigiriya on Saturday night and Sunday morning.  However, as a result of the lack of water, people were made to abandon agriculture for several seasons and  were thus faced with a food shortage as well.

About 487,000 people in 319 Grama Niladhari divisions in the Monaragala district were affected by the drought. Five hundred and eighteen (518) hectares of farmland were damaged by the drought.

The arrival of rains on Saturday, brought a new light of hope to the people’s eyes. Rains were experienced in areas including Bibile and Dambagalla in the district.

Heavy showers were also experienced on Saturday in Galenbindunuwewa, one of the worst drought hit areas in the Anuradhapura District. People in several villages in the Morawewa area in the Trincomalee District had even abandoned their homes as a result of the drought.

Rains were experienced in areas including Kantale, bringing hope to the people. Several parts of the Kilinochchi district also received rains on Sunday. Our reporter says rains were experienced in Shanthipuram, Thondaman Nagar and Bharathipuram.

Dambulla too received rainfall on Sunday afternoon. The Director General of the Sri Lanka Mahaweli Authority however, notes that the rains did not have any impact on the water levels of Mahaweli scheme reservoirs.

Director General of Irrigation, Bhadra Kamaladasa noted that the rains did not have any impact on reservoirs coming under the purview of the Department of Irrigation either.

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