Dried up reservoir in Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka's devastating drought hits paddy fields

Large parts of Sri Lanka are being devastated by a drought which farmers say is the worst they can remember.

Rice paddy fields dependent on irrigation have been severely affected, as have the livelihoods of fishermen.

The government is discussing compensation measures but some villagers are blaming officials for poor water management.

The BBC's Charles Haviland reports from Colombo.

  • 21 Aug 2012