The government has allocated Rs. 1.9 billion to provide relief to the people affected by the drought in the country's dry zone, Minister of Disaster Management Mahinda Amaraweera said.
The Minster stated that the money for drought relief has been distributed among the district secretaries of the drought stricken districts in the north and east.
He said the money would be utilized to buy water tanks etc. to store drinking water.
Polonnaruwa District Secretary Nimal Abeysiri said that the entire district except Thamankaduwa and Alahera divisional secretariats have been affected by a shortage of drinking water. He said that 19 bowsers have been deployed to distribute potable water.
The north and east of the country have not received significant rain since last November. The southwestern monsoon rains have been below average so far.
Meanwhile, the Met Department today forecast southwestern monsoonal showers in the southwestern parts and thundershowers in the drought prevailing northern and eastern parts of the country.
The northern and eastern parts of the country received less rain in the past northeastern monsoon and expect inter monsoonal showers these days.