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.