Severe drought dries up Senanayake Samudraya

The water level of D. S. Senanayake Samudraya at Inginiyagala, Ampara has drastically reduced due to the severe draught prevailing at present in the Ampara District.

The depth of the tank is now 45,000 acre ft out of 770,000 acres ft.

Due to insufficient rainfall this year, water levels in canals, rivers and reservoirs have depleted.

Ampara farmers and family members are conducting religious rituals praying for rain and to end the drought.

A large-scale scarcity in drinking water exists in the district. A total of 6,248 families and 20,338 persons are affected by the drought in the Divisional Secretariat areas of Lahugala, Damana, Pottuvil, Navithanveli, Thirukkovil and Alayadivembu.

Several bowsers are supplying drinking water to these areas, Ampara District Disaster Management Centre Assistant Director A.S.M. Ziyath said.

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