Sathosa
Sep 26, 2018

Aid collection by faking drought fails (pics) Featured

Attempts have failed by certain volunteer organizations to collect aid from local and foreign NGOs by fake claims of a drought, says resident manager of Mahaweli System B Thushara Dantanarayana.

higurakgoda1Resident manager of Mahaweli System B Thushara Dantanarayana

Also, some of these organizations are trying to inconvenience the government by using the media to claim that some of the tanks in Welikanda, Polonnaruwa are overflowing, he says.

According to him, Dimbulagala and Welikanda areas did not experience a drought.

Normally, canals are closed after irrigating the farmlands and it is normal for some wells near the canals to go dry, he says.

But, there are 74 tanks for the people to use, says the resident manager.

He also says that the removal of invading aquatic plants from the tanks began yesterday (25) from Borawewa tank with the assistance of the Civil Defence Force, Army and the Mahaweli Authority.

Cultivation in the 2018-19 Maha season will begin as soon as possible, he said.

Polonnaruwa commander of the CDF Maj. Dinesh Kumara says they are assisting in the removal of the tanks and other farming related activities.

higurakgoda2Polonnaruwa commander of the CDF Maj. Dinesh Kumara

President of the farmers organization at Sevanapitiya L.M.W. Weerasekara says their only problem is that the tank was full of aquatic plants.

higurakgoda3 President of the farmers organization at Sevanapitiya L.M.W. Weerasekara

Private secretary to the minister of Mahaweli Mahinda Ratnayake says no drought prevailed contrary to claims by persons wanting to inconvenience the government and to fill their pockets.

higurakgoda4Private secretary to the minister of Mahaweli Mahinda Ratnayake

Mahaweli Authority’s officer in charge at Sevanapitiya W.N. Dhammika says six farmers’ organizations, three villages and 500 families depend on Borawewa tank that runs into an extent of 210 hectares.

higurakgoda5Mahaweli Authority’s officer in charge of Sevanapitiya W.N. Dhammika

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