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
Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 08 August 2012 07:59 AM
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.
kolla Wednesday, 08 August 2012 08:38 AM
No worries !! We have enough cricket grounds, Airports and Sea Ports so lets play and have a ship ride... Miracle of the world !!!!
Just Another Citizen Wednesday, 08 August 2012 08:34 AM
All roads being built, lead in the opposite direction.
ubc Wednesday, 08 August 2012 08:43 AM
Well Said Sir!!!
warn Wednesday, 08 August 2012 09:51 AM
Mr Jayathilleka well said. the are doing alot of flop projects
asoka abeywardena Thursday, 09 August 2012 09:00 AM
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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