Sri Lanka’s top hydro power reservoir near spill

Dec 02, 2010 (LBO) – A large reservoir in Sri Lanka’s central hills which is also used for power generation is near spill level as the island experienced heavy rainfall causing floods and landslides elsewhere. The Victoria reservoir in Sri Lanka’s Kandy district is one meter below spill level with heavy inflows continuing, an official said.

The reservoirs part of a series built in the 1980s and is operated by the Mahaweli river development agency.

The reservoir also contains about one third of the 1,200 GigaWatt hour hydro storage of state-run Ceylon Electricity Board.

The CEB has been maximizing hydro generation to make use of heavy rainfall with over 77 percent of energy coming from water in recent days.

Sri Lanka rarely gets enough rain for Victoria to reach spill level. It last spilled in 2006.

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