Sri Lanka hydro power generation soars amid heavy rain

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s hydro-power generation has soared to 82 percent amid heavy rainfall and reduced overall demand in a holiday season, data from the state electricity utility showed.

On December 28, out of a total demand of 24.8 GigaWatt hours (million units of electricity) 20.3 GWh or 82 percent came from hydro power, state-run Ceylon Electricity Board said.

CEB also generated 2.84 GWh or 15.48 percent with coal power.

Sri Lanka has seen record rainfall from inter-monsoonal depression weather over the past week after successive failures of monsoons, which has left large areas in Sri Lanka’s east and north central areas flooded and reservoirs spilling.

Over dozen people have been killed, mostly due to mudslides in hilly areas and over a million people distressed by flooding.

Mahaweli complex hydro power stations which are fed most by the rain generated 11.1 GWh or 35 percent of the power.

Ceylon Electricity Board’s hydro power generation fell sharply this year amid drier weather. Up to September 2014, hydro generation plunged 60 percent to 255 GWh from 635 GWh a year earlier.

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