Red rain in Sri Lanka
Rare showers of red rain fell for over 15 minutes in Sewanagala,
Monaragala and Manampitiya,Polonnaruwa yesterday morning hours of
yesterday and day before yesterday. According to Meteorology Department
sources red rain fell heavily in these areas and the reason has not been
Red rain in Sewanagala and Manampitiya left red frost on the ground.
This is the first time red rain was witnessed in Sri Lanka. The Health
Ministry Secretary informed Medical Research Institute (MRI) Director Dr
Anil Samaranayake to conduct a study to ascertain the reasons for red
rain by taking water samples from Monaragala and Polonnaruwa.
Increase in the acidity of the air and sand storms are the usual
reasons for red rain. However, there are no sand storms in Sri Lanka.
India had red rain last year and Indian scientists discovered a variety
of micro organisms as a reason for the rains. Since the micro organisms
had no DNA, they guessed it had to be a strange phenomenon.
The MRI is carrying out research to find the exact reason for red
rain in Sri Lanka.