Erratic rainfall in Sri Lanka hitting rice crop, power production

AlertNet: When it is full, the Parakarama Samudaraya irrigation tank in Sri Lanka's North Central province is an impressive sight. With its waters gently lapping the shores, this ancient reservoir --which covers more than 20 sq km (8 sq miles) - lives up to its name, which means the Parakarama sea. But these days, it might as well be renamed the Parakarama puddle. The failure of seasonal rains has caused water levels to drop so badly that by the first week of July the reservoir was at less than 8 percent......

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