Worst drought in decades in Sri Lanka

Worst drought in decades in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka has to deal with the worst drought in decades. The drought creates a water shortage in more than a million people.

By very little rain in the area, the water levels of the rivers much lower than usual. “It is one of the worst droughts since the ’70s, according to the authorities on al-Jazeera.

In Kaluganga have more than two hundred thousand people lack clean drinking water. Rain is also not expected in the next two to three months. In Kalutara, south of the capital Colombo, is the water contaminated by high zoutniveaus.

The government warns the inhabitants for extreme shortages. Reservoirs in the country are almost empty, some are still only one-fifth filled with water.

The drought also causes problems to farmers in the country. Only one-third of the usual achthonderdduizend hectares of rice fields are in use. In addition, there are indications that the half of the harvest could fail. This is also the next harvest is in danger.

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