Written by Tharushan Fernando
20 Jan, 2017 | 7:59 pm
Hundreds of thousands have been severely affected by the drought weather, with the number of affected exceeding 700,000 persons.
The National Water Supply and Drainage Board has warned the general public to refrain from using the water from the Kalu Ganga for drinking water purposes citing that sea water had mixed with the river water due to the prevalent drought.
The mixing of sea water with fresh water has moved 12 kilometres upstream from the Kalu Ganga outfall up to the Kethhena Water Treatment Plant.
It is from the Kethhena Water Treatment Plant that clean drinking water is supplied to around 200,000 persons living in Wadduwa , Kalutara , Payagala , Beruwala , Aluthgama and Benthara.
Locals say that over the past two weeks the salinity levels of the water provided is more than the usual level. As a result of this situation, steps have been taken to provide water to the Kalutara area using bowsers and water tanks.
According to Kalutara Regional Manager for the National Water Supply and Drainage Board, twelve bowsers have been dispatched while 225 water tanks have also been set up across the area to meet the drinking water requirements
The Puttalam district too has been severely affected due to the dry weather.
Farmers in the district lament that they are facing much difficult as a result of the Thabbowa Tank drying up.
While over 700,000 people have been affected as a result of the drought, the district which has been affected the most is Batticaloa.
The number of people affected in the Batticaloa district stands at 302,500.
The drought has severely affected the Jaffna district as well.The Disaster Management Centre says over 95,000 people in the district are suffering due to the lack of water.
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