Over half a million Sri Lankans short of drinking water

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan authorities are now providing drinking water supplies to more than half a million people as the drought that has gripped the island worsened, according to the Disaster Management Center said.

The number of people being provided drinking water has now risen to 624,522, up from 200,000 six days ago, with more provinces being affected, the Disaster Management Center said.

The worst hit was the North central province, where 145,048 people are being supplied drinking water, followed by the eastern province where 133,313 people were affected.

The requirement to provide drinking water has now extended to the western province, where the capital Colombo is located, with supplies going to 94,139 people of whom 79,632 were in the Kalutara district.

Provision of drinking water supplies has also been extended to the Northern, Sabaragamuwa, Uva and Central provinces.
(COLOMBO, Oct 11, 2016)

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