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North-East heavily impacted by drought

Official data shows that the North-East of Sri Lanka has been worst hit by the ongoing drought.

In the Jaffna district where majority of the rice cultivation is rain fed, crops are facing widespread destruction. The Department of Agriculture stated that almost 99 percent of rice cultivation was fully or partially destroyed.

Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Amparai, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi are also areas that have been greatly impacted by the drought.

Farmers are expected to lose a total of 545,717 metric tonnes of rice paddy this season.

The government has promised 10,000 rupees per acre in compensation.

See more on economynext.com.