Sri Lanka is grappling with a severe drought crisis, impacting over 163,000 individuals across multiple provinces. Water scarcity has become an urgent issue in Northern, North Western, Eastern, Uva, and Sabaragamuwa provinces, leaving around 163,000 people in distress due to drinking water shortages. The government has initiated efforts to provide relief by supplying drinking water to affected communities. The drought’s effects are felt in Jaffna, Trincomalee, Rathnapura, Kurunegala, Mannar, Badulla, Vavuniya, Mullative and Puttalam Districts.
Beyond human populations, the drought has also taken a toll on wildlife in national parks. The Wildlife Conservation Department recognizes the gravity of the situation and has intervened to supply water for animals.
Water Supply and Drainage Board request general public to use water sparingly as water levels going down in reservoirs and prevailing dry weather.
The Sri Lanka Department of Meteorology predicts mainly fair weather conditions in most parts of the island. (LankaXpress.com)