Feb 28, 2018

8 sluice gates at Parakrama Samudraya opened (Pics)

Ending the drought in the Polonnaruwa, the area experienced two days of heavy showers which filled the Parakrama Samudraya to the brim, warranting the opening of eight of the ten sluice gates, said the Polonnaruwa Zonal Irrigation Director S.K. Hewage.

He said by last night six sluice gates were opened up to a foot, while two sluice gates were opened up to two feet.

The Irrigation Director further said that the current water capacity of the Parakrama Samudraya is around 117,000 acre feet while the water that is released is around 1400 cubic feet and this water is being released into the Mahaweli river.

Therefore, people living on the banks of the Mahaweli river and those using the river are advice to be cautious as the water levels could rise.

The water being released from the Parakrama Samudraya with its sluice gates being opened is shown below.

(Pics : W.A. Piyatillake - Hingurakgoda correspondent)