Uma Oya Project causes Kirindi Oya to dry up – residents speak of a great devastation

Uma Oya Project causes Kirindi Oya to dry up – residents speak of a great devastation

Uma Oya Project causes Kirindi Oya to dry up – residents speak of a great devastation

Written by Staff Writer

21 Sep, 2017 | 3:11 pm

Signs of yet another possible disaster caused by the Uma Oya Multipurpose Development Project was reported to News 1st from the village of Ambadandegama, Bandarawela.

The source of the Kirindi Oya is located in Ambadandegama, close to where the main tunnel of the Uma Oya Multipurpose Development Project is being constructed.

Locals in the area charge that  the project has caused the Kirindi Oya to dry up over the years.

They add that it is now simply a small stream of water which is being sucked into the earth.

Galahagama, a village adjoining Ambadandegama, experienced massive cracks on the earth.

[quote]”A large land mass sank. A large number of houses were destroyed. The main pipeline of the Uma Oya that begins from Karandagolla goes through this village under this river. Now land masses in this area are sinking. The land under the river is sinking. We feel that these are signs of the devastation that is to come”[/quote] – Samantha Vidyaratna – Uva Provincial Councillor

The Uma Oya Multipurpose Development Project has also led to the Hil Oya in Bandarawela to dry up.

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