Apr 09, Colombo: Over 460,000 people have been affected by the severe dry weather conditions prevailing in Sri Lanka, according to the recent situation report of the Disaster Management Center (DMC).
According to the MC report issued at noon Tuesday, 467,328 persons belonging to 121,182 families are affected by the drought and drought related causes.
The most affected areas by the drought are in Jaffna in the Northern Province. In Delft, Kayts Karainagar, Velanai and Maruthankrny areas in Jaffna, 84.656 persons belonging to 24,207 families have been affected by the scorching weather while in Mannar 51,063 people of 14,097 families are experiencing severe drought.
Meanwhile, in Kalutara district, saltwater intrusion into Kalu Ganga water has affected over 244,000 people from 58,175 families.
The water level of the central highland reservoirs has been drastically reduced. Currently, the capacity of the Kotmale reservoir is 28 percent of its total water capacity and the capacity of the Victoria reservoir is 36 percent of the full capacity.
According to the Department of Meteorology, the sun will be directly above the latitudes of Sri Lanka until 15th April while fairly heavy falls above 75 mm can be expected at some places in Uva, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Southern provinces.
However, According to the Director General of the Meteorology Department Athula Karunanayake, warm weather will continue in to May.
With the sun directly above Sri Lanka, the island will receive a high amount of solar energy. As a result more evaporation of the reservoirs around the island, will add more water to the atmosphere and with the low winds prevailing the evaporated moisture will not result in rain cloud formation, the official explained adding that the evaporated moisture remain in the lower atmosphere making the hot and dry weather.