Director General- Department of Irrigation, Dr. A. Godaliyadda told the Sunday times that the Department is maintaining 59 major reservoirs islandwide, of which 25 were overflowing.“Some large reservoirs are still spilling over due to the heavy showers,” he said.
The Rajangana, Mahawilachiya and Padaviya reservoirs in the Anuradhapura District are some of the overflowing reservoirs.
In the Hambantota district, the Kirindi weva, Tissa wewa and the Weharagala tanks are filled to the brim and breaching their bunds.
The Bathagoda wewa, Kinubulwana wewa, Magalla wewa, Thediyama wewa and the Hugalla wewa are some of the reservoirs in the Kurunegala area still overflowing. The Giant’s tank, Akathimuruppu and the Pavatkulam tanks in the Vavuniya district are overflowing.
“The Parakarama Samudra and the Minneriya tank in Polonnaruwa have reached 80% capacity,” he said.
Dr Godaliyadda further said that, even though the overflowing water from the tanks would ultimately flow to the sea, there will be other supportive ways to cultivate crops in the future.