Con­trast­ing and chaotic weather pat­terns con­tinue is­land­wide

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

The con­trast­ing weather pat­terns are caus­ing chaos, with some areas ex­pe­ri­enc­ing heavy thun­der­show­ers and oth­ers get­ting lit­tle rain while still oth­ers are plagued by the pro­longed drought.

The Me­te­o­rolo gi­cal Depart­ment duty of­fi­cer Ka­sun Pasqual said some parts of the is­land would ex­pe­ri­ence heavy thun­der­show­ers in the next two to three days with a rain­fall of about 50 to 100 mm.

He said thun­der­show­ers would hit the Western, Sabaraga­muwa and Cen­tral prov­inces, the Galle and Matara dis­tricts, and cer­tain parts of the North Western Prov­ince.

"The heavy show­ers were the re­sult of the wind speed in the Bay of Ben­gal in­creas­ing due to a cy­clonic con­di­tion in the ocean.

Mr. Pasqual warned the wind speed was likely to in­crease up to 60 to 70 kmph. He said the sec­ond in­ter mon­soon sea­son was ex­pected by the end of this month and the drought- stricken areas were likely to re­ceive sub­stan­tial rain.

He ex­plained that 30 per­cent of the rain­fall re­ceived in the coun­try was dur­ing the sec­ond in­ter mon­soon sea­son. Last year Sri Lanka did not ex­pe­ri­ence the sec­ond in­ter mon­soon sea­son and this led to one of the worst ever droughts.

Ir­ri­ga­tion Di­rec­tor W.B. Palu­gaswewa said the 73 ma­jor ir­ri­ga­tion reser­voirs in Sri Lanka were filled upto only 15 per­cent of their wa­ter ca­pac­ity, a slight in­crease from the pre­vi­ous 13 per­cent.

He said the reser­voir lev­els needed to go up to at least 30 per­cent to for cul­ti­va­tion to start. How­ever, he said next month's mon­soon rains would be suf­fi­cient to cul­ti­vate 750,000 acres of land.

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