The Cabinet has approved the proposal to ban the import of chainsaws with the intention of preventing deforestation.
Large scale development projects which are harmful to nature must see an end in order to stop deforestation and environmental destruction, the Centre for Environment and Nature Studies (CENS) said.
There is a high possibility for afternoon thundershowers with severe lightning over most parts of the island during the next few days.
Major catchment areas such as Victoria, Randenigala and Rantambe haven't received any rainfall yet
The Meteorological Department forecasts showers or thundershower in several areas of the country tomorrow afternoon including some parts of the Western Province, despite the debilitating heat.
Losses occured during this period is USD 2.9 Billion- Eran Wickramaratne
The Meteorological Department is warning people living in the North-western, Western and Southern Provinces and Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu and Monaragala Districts to exercise extreme caution today as temperatures will remain high.