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Over 2.3 mn affected by prevailing drought

The bed of the dry Castlereagh Reservoir is visible.
The bed of the dry Castlereagh Reservoir is visible.

The Disaster Management Centre said 2,321,195 people from 75,429 families were affected by the drought in the country.

The highest number of families (10,110) affected are in the Northern Province and Delft, Kayts, and Karainagar islands.

In the North Western and Central Provinces, 52,000 were affected by the drought and local government institutions have taken steps to distribute water using bowsers, the Disaster Management Centre said.

In the Kalutara, Beruwala, Mathugama, Panadura and Dodangoda areas in the Kalutara district, 45,000 were affected.

Meanwhile, the Mahaweli Authority says the water capacity of the Kotmale and Victoria reservoirs has decreased to 28 and 36 percent due to the drought.


Boys play cricket on the dry bed of the Mausekelle Reservoir.


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