The Sri Lankan army is cutting off a vital water supply to Tamil-owned cultivation land in Poonakary, Kilinochchi, locals have said.
Residents of Arasapuram in Poonakary said the tank which they use to provide water for their crops is being closed up by the army as it fortifies the boundary fences of a camp adjacent to the tank.
Troops have been filling the tank with saline soil, both restricting the water supply and making it potentially harmful for crops, local farmers said.
“We have been asking the local authorities to restore this tank for ages - to improve cultivation in the area,” one farmer said. “Instead we have the army here destroying and poisoning our water supply.”