When the weather gods are angry
Even as the debate on climate change rages on, there is one thing that cannot be denied; the increase in the Earth’s temperature has resulted in extreme weather patterns around the world.
Longer periods of droughts, heatwaves, extreme cold spells and unrelenting torrential rains have been the hallmark in many countries these past years. Along with devastation in terms of floods, landslides and scarce water resources, come various illnesses and food shortages.
Recent reports compiled using NASA and European Satellite data claim that the global sea level is rising at an accelerated rate rather than the steady pace seen before. The study looked at data collected these past 25 years. Going by these calculations, sea level is projected to rise 26 inches by 2100 the study warns.
While climate change is caused by a variety of natural reasons, it is no secret that human behaviour has added to the problem.
Though Sri Lanka’s contribution to global warming is almost non-existent, our wanton destruction of forests, sand mining, and building on every inch of available land etc. is adding to an already severe situation.
Towards the latter part of last year, the Disaster Management Centre reported that nearly 21 districts were affected by the drought, while heavy rainfall in the country in May and June of the same year caused flooding and landslides in 15 districts.
In an attempt to mitigate the effects of the drought, the government is considering artificial rain and has sought the assistance of the government of Thailand. Earlier this week, several Thai engineers visited the Maussakele and Castlereigh catchment areas to conduct a feasibility study.
Heavy rains last year and the continuing drought have affected more than 1.5 million people in the country.