Rains disrupt Sri Lanka tea production, transport

ECONOMYNEXT – Heavy rains that have triggered earthslips and floods in Sri Lanka have disrupted tea production and transport in the hill country, brokers said.

The bad weather conditions that commenced over the weekend have claimed at least 30 lives and displaced over 200,0000 people, Forbes & Walker Tea Brokers said.

“These conditions have adversely impacted on the crop intake in plantations and hampered the transport of teas due to some of the main roads being impassable due to flooding,” they said.

But they said conditions should improve and the situation back to normal towards the end of the week. 

Asia Siyaka Commodities said widespread flooding particularly in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Southern districts is causing serious disruption to the movement of tea from the plantation to the market and from the market to export.

“This situation is expected to last at least another week,” they said.
(COLOMBO, May 19 2016)

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