There was a heavy rainfall with ice experienced day before yesterday (9) in the Welikanda area and the surrounding areas bringing to an end the dry weather conditions that prevailed during the drought in the Polonnarauwa area for the past six months.

A resident of the area said that ice rain was also experienced to many villages including Singhapura, Magulpokuna, and Welikanda.

Farmers were suffering due to the drought in Polonnaruwa over the past six months and many areas in the Polonnaruwa District had faced an acute drinking shortage as a result.