Thai engineers looking to create artificial rain in Catchment areas

The group of Thai engineers with local officials. Pictures by Asela Kuruluwansa  

A group of Thai engineers yesterday visited the Castelereagh and Maussakele Reservoirs in the Catchment areas to seek the possibilities of creating artificial rain as a solution to the prevailing severe drought. Water levels in these reservoirs have seen a drastic drop.

Power and Renewable Energy Ministry sources said the special team in addition to visiting visit the Castelereagh and Maussakele Reservoirs,plan to visit the Victoria, Randenigala and Kotmale Reservoirs as well.

The group of engineers arrived in the country on the request of the Power and Renewable Energy Ministry who are representatives of the only company in the world that has the patent to create artificial rain.

Sources also revealed that this company had created artificial rain in the same areas which were affected by severe drought in 1981.

The water levels of the Castelereagh and Maussakele Reservoirs have dropped to 20 feet and 24 feet from their spill level respectively. 

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