Written by Lahiru Fernando
28 Mar, 2016 | 9:13 pm
Certain areas in the country experienced showers on Monday, March 28. But according to the Department of Meteorology, a sufficient amount of rain cannot be expected until the month of May.
The highest rainfall of 38 mm was recorded in Nuwara Eliya during the lapse of 24 hours ending at 2.30 p.m. on Monday, with showers being reported in more areas including, Anuradhapura, Trincomalee and Hatton.
Sri Lanka has been grappling with high temperatures since the month of January 2016 as temperatures spiked by two to three degree celsius in comparison to previous years. The prevailing weather conditions continue to have a number of effects in the country.
The supply of clean drinking water is one of the key issues which should be highlighted. According to the locals of the Kalutara area, water supplied from the Kethhena Water Treatment Plant in Kalutara is mixed with salt water due to the mixture of sea water into the Kalu Ganga.
Another key issue is the hydro power generation which is currently being limited to 18%. The current water levels in a majority of tanks situated in the vicinity of power plants is pegged below the 40% mark. The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy says the water levels at certain tanks are between 16 and 20%.
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