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The prevailing drought had resulted in dwindling water levels fast dwindling in several reservoirs that feed the Kotmale, Upper Kotmale, Laxapana, New Laxapana, Canyon, Wimalasurendra and Polpitiya hydro-power plants due to the prevailing drought.

A senior official of the Ceylon Electricity Board said the water level in the Mausakelle reservoir was 30 feet below spill level and that at the Castlereagh reservoir was 16 feet below spillover level. Residents of the area said the ruins of old buildings were to be seen now that the water levels had dropped. Electrical Engineers said power generation would be affected in case the drought prolongs. (Ranjith Rajapaske)

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  • Chris Friday, 23 December 2016 06:43 AM

    It's high time for Sri Lankan's to realize that you cannot wait for rains to feed you, give you electricity forever. It was like a few years back that SL was waiting for food including rice to arrive from other countries. Grow up as a nation and PLAN, IMPLEMENT AND ENJOY.

    Dee Friday, 23 December 2016 09:05 AM

    Power consumption goes up yearly, rains are erratic and lesser. Its not rocket science to look at alternative ennergy sources which are sustainable to the country.


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