Over 340,000 families have been affected by dry weather in 19 districts around the country.
In the District of Anuradhapura, 19,668 families living in the thirteen Divisional Secretariat areas have been severely affected by the dry weather conditions. Here are testimonies from Thanthirimale, Vilachchiya, Kadurapitiya and Athdathkalla in Anuradhapura:
“..Our wells have dried; we don’t have water to drink, bathe or cook. We haven’t been able to cultivate for three seasons..”
“..They said we would receive compensation, but we are yet to receive a cent. These children go to school today under the hot sun..”
Many of the smaller tanks in the Anuradhapura District have already dried up. The weather has also had an impact on coconut plantations in the area.
The Districts of Batticaloa, Ampara, Polonnaruwa, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Ratnapura, Monaragala, Badulla, Matale, Kandy, Gampaha and Hambantota have also been severely affected by the adverse dry weather conditions. According to reports from Kilinochchi, over 24,000 families have also been impacted.