The pilot project to induce artificial rain at the catchments areas of the Maussakele Reservoir was carried out by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB).
An aircraft (Y12) of the Sri Lanka Air Force sprayed the chemicals on the clouds around 8,000 feet above the Maussakele Reservoir resulting in around 45 minutes of rainfall, the power and energy ministry claimed. .
A special team of engineering experts from Thailand has extended their assistance to implement he project to create artificial rain during drought conditions.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) and the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) in January this year to implement the project.
The Sri Lankan Air force is providing necessary flights and other services towards this end. The Thailand government had stepped into to provide the technical know how.
Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) in collaboration with the University of Peradeniya and MAS, recently broke new ground by taking the first step to explore the possibility of using Seed Bombing in Sri Lanka ’s endeavour to increase the forest cover of the island.
The project is in full swing now with the progress of the seeds being studied by the combined experts to determine the most efficacious medium and composition of the bombs so that the SLAF will be able to effectively bring its airpower to bear, to address the problem of the fast dwindling forest cover.
Continuing its determination and drive to use its resources to contribute to the national good, the SLAF in collaboration with the Ceylon Electricity Board, initiated this project for Cloud Seeding to tackle the issue of dry weather and its impact on power generation in Sri Lanka .
The process of rainmaking or artificial precipitation is one of artificially inducing precipitation through the use of catalysts such as dry ice and salt powder. Depending on the composition of the clouds and their properties, this is done by using aircraft or rockets.