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With Rains Erratic, Competition for Water Increases in Southern Sri Lanka

Tucked inside a large forest near the drying Andaraweva iirrigation reservoir, a well-tended plantation of young banana trees is growing strongly despite dry weather. The plantation, of at least 10 acres, is unauthorized but has been growing for two years, say wildlife rangers policing the forest. "They just come in, clear the jungle and plant whatever they want. There is absolutely nothing that anybody can do," said Ajith Gunathunga, head of the Hambantota wildlife...

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