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Floods and droughts in Sri Lanka: A sustainable solution - Opinion

19 Aug 2014, Upali Newspapers (PVT) LTD

'It seems that in the future, this disparity in the availability of water within the country would become worse; wet-zone receiving more rain and the dry-zone receiving less rain, than what is received currently. The obvious solution is to develop some means to take the surplus water from the wet-zone to the water-deficit dry-zone,' writes Dr. Janaka Ratnasiri...


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Top 5 Natural Disaster reported
Disaster Date Affected (no. of people)
Drought 1987 2,200,000
Drought 1982 2,000,000
Flood 1983 1,250,000
Earthquake* 2004 1,019,306
Drought 2001 1,000,000
Source of data: OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database
Data version: v11.08   *: Including tsunami
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