The Irrigation Department has said that the damages caused to irrigation facilities in several districts in the country during the recent floods is estimated to be around Rs.1,500 million and that the repair work needed to commence immediately.
Irrigation Department Director, Dr. G. G. Godaliyadde has told the media that the Department was in need of Rs. 250 million to commence the immediate repair work to the damaged tanks and canals.
The tanks and canals that were heavily damaged during the floods are mostly located in the Batticaloa and Ampara Districts.
According to the Department, a delay in rehabilitating these irrigation schemes would hamper the water distribution to farmers during the Maha harvest.