In Sri Lanka, the delayed monsoon rains have meant there is still little relief from the country's worst drought this century.
GV Samanala Hydro-electric station with pylons in background
SV Pipelines PAN Powerhouse, with engineers looking at dried-up stream (3 shots)
GV PAN FROM Powerhouse to low water in brook
GV Wimalasurendra Powerhouse
SV Dam with low-level water (3 shots)
GV Tea factory building
GV PAN ACROSS Reservoir with low water level
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Background: In Sri Lanka, the delayed monsoon rains have meant there is still little relief from the country's worst drought this century. The drought, which began in December, has damaged the country's main export crops of tea, rubber and coconut, and has almost dried up the two main reservoirs which supply electric power.
SYNOPSIS: Samanala power house supplies electricity not only to the hill country plantations, but also to the country's rapidly growing industries.
In the last year, the demand for power from Sri Lanka's hydro-electric schemes has risen by 20 percent. The drought, however, has led to power cuts lasting up to five hours a day. Now the government has appealed for international help to maintain its essential services. Envoys of the United States, the Soviet Union, West Germany, France, Japan, India, and Britain have been asked to supply diesel power generators. At Wimalasurendra, the other main generating station, the water level has fallen nearly 20 metres (60 feet).
The reservoir is in the heart of the tea growing hill country. Planters are worried in case millions of tea bushes are so badly affected they will not recover when the rains finally arrive.