Drought continues in Ampara | Daily News

Drought continues in Ampara

A tank affected by drought in the Ampara district.  Picture by I.L.M.RIZAN, Addalaichenai Central Correspondent
A tank affected by drought in the Ampara district. Picture by I.L.M.RIZAN, Addalaichenai Central Correspondent

The drought situation continues in the Ampara district. The water levels of the major and minor tanks in the Ampara district have been reducing steadily.

Water levels in canals, rivers and reservoirs have reduced to the minimum level.

People in 12 District Secretariat divisions are facing a severe shortage of drinking water due to the prolonged drought.

About 70,012 residents from 11,556 families have been affected by the drought in Thirukkovil, Uhana, Dehiattakandiya, Pottuvil, Maha Oya, Ampara, Navithanveli, Alayadivembu, Akkaraipattu, Padiyathalawa, Damana and Lahugala.

“Potable water is being distributed among the affected people by the Divisional Secretariats funded by the Public Administration and Disaster Management Ministry under the guidance of Ampara District Secretary D.M.L. Bandaranayake,” Ampara District Disaster Management Centre Assistant Director M.A.C.M. Riyas said.

Most of the farmers in the district have lost their cultivations due to the insufficient rains.

Of 47,300 hectares of paddy fields, about 1,661 hectares have been ruined.

The Ampara District Agriculture Department confirmed these facts. Agricultural Department officials have already commenced the estimation of damage caused by drought in the Ampara district.

Farmers and their family members are conducting special prayers for rain.

Due to the severe drought prevailing in the Ampara District, the water level of D.S. Senanayake Samudraya in Inginiyagala, Ampara has drastically reduced.

The depth of the Samudraya is supposed to be 36,000 acre-feet out of 770,000 acres feet.

 


 

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