fishing – not for sell – just to survive
in the middle of drying off water reservoir
When we visited the water reservoir in August the water level of the tank had decreased form 33 ft to 3 ft due to a long drought . People in the Eastern Province suffered a lot since they had difficulties to reach out to get drinking water.
There was a 15 days of water cut when we reached to Batticalo . Only limited number of people those who could pay big amount of money for a water bowser get the water from privet water suppliers. Mean time rest of the others were waiting at the roadsides until the municipal council water bowser comes every day. The govenment Municipal council provide limited amount of water daily basis which hardly fulfill their needfulness.
But most of the people who live in suburbs had lot of difficulties to get access al least for drinking water. As community members said most of the wells were completely dried off . People have to walk miles and miles away form their living premises to get water for their daily needfulness.
Farmers have to struggle to keep continue farming since there’s no enough water to do farming. Specially the poorest people those who live in suburbs in Eastern Province badly effected to the drought. We noticed most of the people who live near by Pulugunae water reservoir do fishing mainly for their daily needfulness .
Summer School 2019 Field visit to Kokadicholai Eastern province Sri Lanka
Canon 5D Mark 111 / 24-70
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