Drought in the Highlands #4
In spite of the heavy rains which caused extensive flooding in southwestern Sri Lanka in May 2017, other parts of the island remain mostly parched. The photograph shows the Victoria Reservoir’s surface well below the treeline that marks the highwater level. Normally, all of the land in the foreground would be comfortably underwater. The object in the water on the right is the top of a devalaya, or shrine, in the old town of Teldeniya, which was drowned when the Victoria was created in the early 1980s. Sri Lanka is currently experiencing the worst drought in forty years.