Raining all over but not enough for Mahaweli reservoirs

by Dasun Edirisinghe

Rains continue to wreak havoc countrywide but the major Mahaweli reservoirs had not got sufficient rain so far, the Irrigation and Water Resources Management Ministry said yesterday.

Ministry spokesman Viraj Abeysinghe said that only three Mahaweli reservoirs, Kotmale, Castlereigh, and Maussakele had risen by more than 50 per cent.

"Currently, the water capacity of the Kotmale, Castlereigh and Maussakele reservoirs are 80.2 percent, 65.4 per cent and 72.5 per cent respectively," he said.

Abeysinghe said that only a 30 per cent increase had been recorded in the Victoria, Randenigala, Rantambe, Samanala Wewa and Udawalawe reservoirs.

Water levels of only five tanks and lakes, under the Irrigation Department, had reached the spill level, he said, adding that those tanks were Mediyawa in the Kurunegala District, Mahadivulwewa and Van Ela in the Trincomalee District, Ambewela in the Badulla District and Ellewela in the Matara District.

Abeysinghe said that the water level had reached upto 50 per cent in only 23 lakes and tanks out of 71 under the Irrigation Department.

However, 18 small tanks were spilling over in the Anuradhapura, Moneragala, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Badulla Districts, he said.

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