The Ceylon Electricity Board Employees Union has warned of a possible 24-hour power cut in the country in the near future.
Speaking to NewsRadio, General Secretary of the Association Ranjan Jayalal claimed operations in the country will come to a standstill due to a power shortage in the days ahead.
Jayalal noted the situation has arisen as a result of the government’s failure to provide solutions to the prevailing issues in the power sector.
He said the Ceylon Electricity Board is aware that the country faces a severe drought every five years, adding however that the CEB is not prepared to face a drought.
He added rainfall reported this year will be less compared to previous years, claiming water levels of reservoirs used for hydro power generation are reducing gradually.
Jayalal noted although less than two weeks have lapsed since the country received heavy rainfall, mud has collected at reservoirs at present and not water.
He claimed the CEB lacks sufficient power stations to restore power in case of an outage, which is a dire situation.
Ranjan Jayalal further said officials and authorities are issuing contradictory statements pertaining to power cuts being imposed at present.
He said power outages were reported last afternoon, adding however officials held discussions and announced there will be no power cuts.