Illegal sand mining:
Ambatale in danger
Illegal sand mining has caused sea water to enter into the Ambatale
tank which supplies 80 percent of the water supply of Colombo, Ambatale
Water Purification Centre Assistant General Manager K.P.R.S.
Samarasinghe said adding that unless prompt precautions are taken by the
authorities a grave situation may ensue.
“Usually in January, February and March the sea water is rising and
we arrange measures to put barriers to prevent the entrance of sea water
into the tank. We always keep an eye and ensure safe water supply to
Colombo,” he said.
“Ambatale tank provides 80 percent of the water supply to the Colombo
area. Illegal sand mining and rise of the sea level due to the
increasing temperature have contributed greatly to this problem. It is
time for the authorities to apply prompt measures to stop illegal sand
mining before the situation gets worse, since the entire greater Colombo
area will be affected,” he said.
Meanwhile, addressing a media awareness program organized by the
People’s Secretariat on climate change at the ICTAD auditorium, Energy
Forum Executive Director Asoka Abeygunawrdena said the temperature rise
also influences the vaporizing of water and creates intense droughts
Cultivation may destroy and famine may evolve as a result. At the
same time, intense rainfalls may be expected creating extreme
situations, he said.
“We are experiencing this kind of havoc today in Sri Lanka and in
many parts of the world. The insects which can adapt to these extreme
situations such as mosquitoes spread fast and create plagues. The
possibility for the eruption of storms and tornadoes is high and
destruction caused by these will be greater. The temperature rise is
also a threat to biodiversity of the world,” he said.
“We are already late in reversing this doom, but at least now we must
take measures to minimize greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.
If the world average temperature rises from another two centigrades
it will create a drastic climate change that surpasses the control of
the human being, Abeygunawardena said referring to predictions and
statistics of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007. He
said the human being cannot adapt to the rapid changes of the world that
“It is found that man is not altered biologically since his evolutiom,
even though he has changed culturally. Therefore, there will be a great
struggle for the survival of the man in the coming years. But we must
also remember that the responsibility for this havoc mainly lies upon
ourselves,” he said.
Due to the constant rise of greenhouse gases in the air mainly by
human activities, the average world temperature is rising significantly.
This situation is severely felt in the North and South poles. As a
result, ice bergs melt with much more rapidity.
It is predicted that all ice bergs in the Arctic Ocean will vanish in
several years, Abeygunawardena said.