Torrential rains experienced in the last few days ceased causing hardships to a multitude of people. However, the rain became a blessing to the country with the surfacing of a gem deposit from Maskeli Oya.
Many families were impacted due to the overflow of Maskeli Oya. The river has spilled over due to heavy monsoon rains few weeks ago and many residents lived close to river banks have been displaced. Therefore, the state officials have decided to conduct certain repairs and the work led them to the detection of the gem deposit. The officials have now suspended the repair.
Nuwara Eliya District Secretary D.P. G.Kumarasiri later informed the Police and security has been provided to the area to prevent illegal mining. It was thereafter brought to the notice of the Gem and Jewellery Authority and the Central Environmental Authority. Thereafter the officials visited the location for inspection. Their opinion wa that the the gem mining could be completed within a few weeks. The District Secretary said that the repairs to the Maskeli Oya will thereafter resume.