COLOMBO, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Nearly 208,000 people from 51,561 families in several districts have been affected by the prevailing drought, a statement from Disaster Management Center (DMC) of Sri Lanka said on Tuesday.
According to the statistics by DMC, 69,678 people in Eastern Province, 8,600 people in Northern Province, 8,422 people in North Western Province, over 10,000 people in Sabaragamuwa Province, and 110, 350 people from 23,000 families in North Central Province are facing a water shortage due to the drought in Sri Lanka.
The statement said that there was no water in Kirama oya and Kattakaduwa tank, the southern part of Sri Lanka, and people there were collecting water from wells. Meanwhile, the water in Kaluganga River which passes through the southwestern Sri Lanka, has been mixed with sea water and the National Water Supply and Drainage Board is taking measures to stop the situation.
According to the Water Supply Board, there is no difficulty in supplying water to Colombo. The affected people in Northern Province, North Central Province, North Western Province, and Sabaragamuwa Province will be provided with water bowsers.