Last Updated : 02-09-2014 03:14

 
 

Puttalam running dry

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More than 400,000 people in the Puttalam district are facing severe hardships with no drinking water due to the prolonged drought. They said they had not yet received any relief under the government’s relief programmes for the drought stricken areas. About 200 tanks and minor irrigation canals that provided drinking water and irrigation facilities have run dry. Meanwhile the crop failure has created a scarcity of food compelling the villagers even to eat lotus yams collected from the tanks that have run dry. Pix by Hiran Priyankara Jayasinghe





 
 

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-0+21 # Calistus Jayatilleke 2012-08-08 13:29
This is the stark reality of the so called Miracle of Asia where poor people are scampering for something to eat, amidst grandiose schemes of the government to construct Ports, Airports, Cricket Grounds etc. in obscure villages to gloriy the name of the King. No wonder people are risking their lives to get out of the country in rickety boats.
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-0+9 # ubc 2012-08-08 14:13
Well Said Sir!!!
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-0+6 # Just Another Citizen 2012-08-08 14:04
All roads being built, lead in the opposite direction.
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-0+9 # kolla 2012-08-08 14:08
No worries !! We have enough cricket grounds, Airports and Sea Ports so lets play and have a ship ride... Miracle of the world !!!!
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-0+2 # warn 2012-08-08 15:21
Mr Jayathilleka well said. the are doing alot of flop projects
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-1+1 # asoka abeywardena 2012-08-09 14:30
before the rain starts better to put up a jogging track around the tank...these people badly need some physical exercise...
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