(VIDEO) Rambakan Oya Reservoir threatened by fungi, locals left without water.

(VIDEO) Rambakan Oya Reservoir threatened by fungi, locals left without water.

Written by Staff Writer

08 Aug, 2021 | 7:31 pm

Reports suggest that a fungus is spreading in the Rambakan Oya reservoir.

Recently, the Rambakan Oya Forest came into the spotlight due to the clearing of forest land that led to much controversy.

The Rambakan Oya Reservoir comes directly under the supervision of the Ministry of Irrigation and its water is used for domestic and Agri purposes.

However, discoloration of the water can be observed and locals allege the spread of fungus as the cause for it.

In addition, fish have also died in the Rambakan Oya Reservoir.

“Forests were cleared for cultivations. This is the result of chemicals used for those cultivations being released to the water,” highlighted one resident.

The local recalled that never during his time that he had witnessed the water in the Rambakan Oya Reservoir discoloring.

The local indigenous community living in Rambakan Oya is now left with no access to water.

The Department of Irrigation said an issue had arisen with regard to the Rambakan Oya due to the spread of a fungus.

It added that samples were sent for laboratory tests.

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