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Severe drought threatens Sri Lanka's crops

Water-wells promised by government may come too late, with drinking water already very scarce.

    People from Sri Lanka's dry zone are no strangers to water shortages.

    But, they say that a drought which has wiped out almost 80 per cent of crops in some districts, and which is now
    also threatening the the drinking water supply, is "unusually bad".

    While the government has committed to help farmers in the region, promising to help dig up to 5,000 new wells,
    locals say such relief may come too late.

    Al Jazeera's Minelle Fernandez reports from Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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