Drought devastates Trincomalee paddy land

Drought devastates Trincomalee paddy land

Drought devastates Trincomalee paddy land

Written by Staff Writer

17 Jan, 2017 | 4:41 pm

Farmlands around the country are suffering the adverse effects of the drought that has affected the country.

The Ministry of Public Administration and Management notes that over 50,000 acres of farmlands in the Trincomalee district have been destroyed due to the arid conditions.

72,579 individuals of 21,598 families in the Trincomalee district have been affected by the drought, according to  Ministry of Public Administration and Management statistics.

Of the eleven divisional secretariat areas in the Trincomalee district, the area of Kuchchaveli, Gomarankadawala, Muttur, Kantale, Kinniya, Morawewa, Werugal, Thambalagamuwa, Seruvila and Padavisripura have been worst affected.

The Disaster Management Centre notes that the total number of affected due to the drought has risen to over 600,000.

Meanwhile, over 80 acres of paddy land in Munamalgaswewa, Saliyawewa have been destroyed due to the drought.

Over 65 families who engage in farming activities in the Helembagaswewa area cultivated their farmlands for the Maha season.

However, due to the drought affecting the area, their crops have been completely destroyed.

The farmers in the area charge that due to negligence of the officials in maintaining the Helembagahawewa, the tank has dried up.

They charge that that they have been severely inconvenienced due to the loss of their only source of income.

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