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Monday, January 21, 2013

The Climate over Sri Lanka during Yala of 2012

Large parts of the island were under drought this “Yala” which refers to the cultivation season that starts after the April-May rains. Impacts of droughts have led to shortages in drinking water in some areas and wells and rivers drying up and clapped landscapes. The water levels in hydro-power generating catchments dropped precipitously. There have been regular power-cuts affecting household, industrial, services and office work. Farmers have been affected in large swathes of the island particularly in Polonnaruwa, Anurhadhapura, Ampara and Batticaloa districts.

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