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Extreme weather affecting Holy Week services

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Colombo, April 18: High temperatures and power outages are a major concern to Catholics who are facing difficulties in holding services in Holy Week. Due to the scorching weather, lack of rain and the continued threat of government-imposed power cuts.

With temperatures touching as high as 38 degrees Celsius this month, it’s dangerous, particularly for kids and aged people. The extreme heat and lack of rainfall have caused reservoirs, rivers and water tanks to dry up at an alarming rate. “The country is suffering from chronic water shortages. Power cuts at day and night are making matters worse because they disturb the production schedules of small businessmen.” Says a local businessman.

The authorities have already imposed daily power cuts as an urgent measure to tackle power shortage. According to the Disaster Management Center, the dry weather has affected over 580,000 people nationwide. Authorities have issued advisory to manual laborers to seek shade and take regular intervals.

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