The water levels in rivers, canals, tanks and reservoirs in the upcountry are fast declining because of the prevailing dry weather. The main waterfalls including St.Claires, Kadiyanlena, and Lovers Leap are also running dry.
However, the environmentalists said haphazard deforestation, setting fire to forests and the unauthorised construction in catchment areas were also some of the reasons for the drop in water levels and water falls running dry. They said the prevailing dry weather could also affect hydropower generation.
Meanwhile, the villagers in several areas who depended on streams and water ways said that they were also facing a shortage of drinking water. (Shantha Chandrasiri and Shelton Hettiarachchi)
LEO Sunday, 31 January 2016 10:57
Here we go power cuts looming. Its a shame that with technology at the stage it is we are still depending on hydro power. Our natural resource is the sun. Why cant the government implement solar power plants to supply uninterrupted electricity via DM Android App
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Andrew Pitugala Sunday, 31 January 2016 12:04
Unusually heavy rains with floods and now drought !!! The weather is topsy-turfy and working against the interests of Sri Lanka. Sri Lankans must shun all kinds of wickedness and turn towards God for redemption.
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Geriatrix Monday, 1 February 2016 10:19
Why can't we invest in Solar Power? Take an example on how Morocco generates majority of its power via Solar.
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