Met Dept says ‘wait for April’ as dry weather continues

Met Dept says ‘wait for April’ as dry weather continues

Met Dept says ‘wait for April’ as dry weather continues

Written by Staff Writer

28 Mar, 2016 | 3:12 pm

Director of the Department of Meteorology K.M.H.S. Premalal says that the slight rains experienced over the past few days in the country is not sufficient to reduce the prevailing dry weather conditions.

Several areas in the country have been experiencing  dry weather conditions since January 2016.

However, the Met Department said that showers were experienced in a number of areas on Sunday, March 27.Thereby, the highest rainfall of 25 mm was recorded in the Hambantota District.

He adds that a higher rainfall could be expected during the course of April,  with the activation of the inter monsoonal weather conditions.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy says that supply of electricity could be disrupted if there is a rise in demand for electricity. Secretary to the Ministry, Dr. Suren Batagoda said that attempts are being made to provide the general public with an uninterrupted supply of electricity.

However, reports have emerged that due to the severe drought conditions prevalent in areas surrounding Koslanda, the Diyaluma Falls, which is one of the highest waterfalls in Sri Lanka, is beginning to dry up. The waterfall is 628 feet in height. Locals in the area say that only a small amount of water flows from the waterfall.

Reports have also emerged that the the Surathalee Falls which is one of the biggest tourist attractions, is also at the verge of drying up. Residents point out that the water levels of these waterfalls have reduced to a drastic extent.

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