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Over 700,000 affected by drought in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Center says that more than 700,000 people have been affected by the dry weather that has prevailed in 16 districts of the island and the government has taken many measures to provide relief to them.Jaffna district in the North has borne the brunt of the drought and over 370,000 people are affected.In the East, Ampara, Batticaloa and Trincomalee districts were also affected by dry weather. The water level in all major reservoirs in the Ampara District has dropped drastically. The water level of the Senanayake Samudraya in Inginiyagala has dropped to 34 feet, the lowest water level recorded since 1976.Over 50,000 people have been affected by dry weather in the North Central Province, and the dry climate has affected over 19,000 families in six Divisional Secretary Divisions in the Puttalam District.The Disaster Management Center said measures have been taken to distribute water through bowsers for all affected people.

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