May 16, 2019

Freshwater weed surge in Puttalam

Civilians in Puttalam are seriously inconvenienced after a surge of freshwater weeds including Salvinia are covering tanks in the area.

Water bodies such as Thenuwara Gal Ela, Wanaathawilluwa, Willuwa and Sisil Wewa are covered in such vegetation, especially posing a hindrance to freshwater fishermen.

The fishermen say that the heavy rains and the surge of weeds have made it impossible for them to fish using traditional boats or lay nets.

Residents also say that this surge has also made it hard for them to bathe in these waters with bathers becoming victims of allergies.

( Priyankara Kalupahana - Puttalam Corr.)