Srilanka stops major project

The Srilankan government has halted the artificial rain project in drought-hit areas due to lack of moisture in the clouds. The power and energy ministry stated that after the success of its pilot project carried over the Maussakelle Reservoir. The government has temporarily halted the project because clouds did not contain sufficient moisture to trigger artificial rains.

The Srilankan government tested artificial rains above the Maussakelle reservoir area to provide clean water to hundreds of families. An Air Force helicopter was used to spray chemicals on the clouds, 8,000 feet above the reservoir, resulting in 45 minutes of rains.

Hundreds of families remain affected by months of severe drought due to lack of rains and delayed monsoon rains in central parts of Sri Lanka.