90% paddy cultivation damaged

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By Gandhya Senanayake

Ninety percent of the paddy cultivation in the flood affected area is estimated to be damaged, the exact situation can only be ascertained after the water level recedes, Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena told Daily Mirror online.

He however added that paddy stocks to last for 6 months were in stock to face any paddy shortages.

Most of the paddy fields in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and other areas in the North Central, Central and Eastern Provinces were inundated due to the floods and heavy downpours during the last few weeks.

Meanwhile more than 1243478 persons belonging to 362821 families have been affected, while 11 deaths were reported due to the floods and heavy rain in Ampara, Batticaloa, Mullative and Trincomalee Districts. 67508 families are been sheltered in 689 camps, the Disaster Management Center reported.

More than 1161 houses were fully damaged and 8412 were partially damaged due to floods and heavy rain.  Eight injured persons and three missing individuals were also reported.
 
Meanwhile 06 sluice gates of Senanayake Samudraya were opened after reaching spill levels in Moneragala District.  In Puttalam District 17 sluice gates of Rajanganaya, 12 sluice gates of Tabbowa & 06 sluice Inginimitiya tanks were opened. Roads from Anamaduwa to Nawagattegama are inundated and impassable.

In Badulla due to the possibility of land slide in Mawalangala Aramaya, 30 Buddhist monks were temporary evacuated to safety. (Daily Mirror online)


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  • Nishantha Rajapakse Monday, 07 February 2011 12:50 AM

    hehehehe.

    Kari Monday, 07 February 2011 01:50 AM

    Now only option is to eat bread.....! So, Weerawansa has to withdraw his earlier statements made on people eating bread.

    backstreet boy Monday, 07 February 2011 03:52 AM

    what an amazing discovery,

    Ananda Monday, 07 February 2011 05:04 AM

    Guys, they still can eat 'kurahan roti', koss, dell, manioc, sweet potatoe, fruits, vegetables, So still WW may stick onto his bread issue.

    citizen1 Monday, 07 February 2011 05:35 AM

    plan B - piduru....if even that is available!

    backstreetboy Monday, 07 February 2011 05:42 AM

    that will never happen in srilanka anymore...those were the good old days when the Kings sincerely cared for their nation.

    Darwin Monday, 07 February 2011 06:16 AM

    We did this during the time of Mr. Sirimavo Bandaranayake. I will not be surprised we we will have to do it again.

    Anver Sunday, 06 February 2011 12:19 PM

    Extremely grave situation. Can WW now say we shouldn't eat bread?

    Anemagekata Sunday, 06 February 2011 12:49 PM

    WW's wheat flour terrorism has been silenced by the floods.

    Mushi Sunday, 06 February 2011 12:48 PM

    So, price hike is eminent and cost of living will be up and up...

    Calistus Jayatilleke Sunday, 06 February 2011 01:15 PM

    If there is no bread, we can also eat "Lemon Puff"

    Terrence Sunday, 06 February 2011 02:39 PM

    Top politician asked nation to stop eating bread and must eat rice for b'fast, lunch & dinner. People automatically reduce eating bread as prices are sky rocketing. Now what?

    Rajitha Sunday, 06 February 2011 02:59 PM

    good news for JVP. they can start shouting when the food prices go up.

    Tee Monday, 07 February 2011 07:50 AM

    Even this , we had to stay in the Q , then finally, say , out of stock, all finish not available.
    But we had the token.

    KHKaru Sunday, 06 February 2011 04:17 PM

    Come on guys, let us talk about how we can help the 1.2 million affected people rather than making fun at ' paan thrusthawaadaya '. Just imagine how miserable they would be at temporary camps with only a few belongings.

    asoka abeywardena Sunday, 06 February 2011 04:20 PM

    No, we can import rice...do not worry...maithreepala will take care of that...it's true he is not the minister...but he knows how to deal with rice...

    kenny_fdo Sunday, 06 February 2011 04:52 PM

    Good excuse for rising prices

    Wara Sunday, 06 February 2011 06:50 PM

    wait and see the estimated loss of 90% will start to reduce through the Ministers contradictions!

    Ryan Monday, 07 February 2011 08:24 AM

    Terrible selfish comments all over the page. You dont have hearts

    Priyanka Sunday, 06 February 2011 10:18 PM

    cut wages of all ministries equivalent to ordinary MPs and give that money who are really in needs.

    ampare son Sunday, 06 February 2011 11:24 PM

    Thats ok. help flood effect people thats first thing.


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