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Sri Lanka seeks divine help to avoid power cuts

Published on Apr 1, 2014 8:40 PM

COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's energy minister offered flowers and lit thousands of oil lamps as she prayed for rains to replenish drought-hit reservoirs which are used for hydro-power plants, an official said Tuesday.

Minister Pavithra Waniarachchi illuminated the sacred temple town of Anuradhapura with 4,000 coconut oil lamps seeking divine help to end the drought and offered alms to local monks on Monday.

She also offered a pot of water to Buddhism's holiest tree, the Sri Maha Bodhi, in the north-central temple town of Anuradhapura as a symbol of her faith.

"She took a pot of water from a hydro-reservoir which had hit rock bottom and offered it to the Bo tree (Sri Maha Bodhi)," her spokesman Sisira Wijesinghe told AFP. "The hope is that there will be rains soon."

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