Changing global weather patterns and increasing natural disasters in Sri Lanka have led the authorities to take appropriate steps to prepare maps of areas threatened by natural disasters. These maps will include areas threatened by landslides, floods, cyclones, droughts and coastal erosion.
Initial steps of mapping of landslide hazard areas of the districts of Galle and Nuwara Eliya have been completed. This will include eight potential landslide hazard areas in Galle district and eight of 13 in Nuwara Eliya district. Floods, cyclones, and coastal erosion mapping projects have already been completed. Proposals and suggestions for mapping of drought threatened areas are being taken from the relevant parties.
Institutions such as the National Building Research Organisation, Irrigation Department, Department of Meteorology and Coast Conservation Department are engaged in preparing these “Threat Maps” on disaster areas. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will provide financial and technical assistance for this work.
The Disaster Management Center reported that over 210,000 people affected by floods and landslides during the recent rains. Island wide 341 houses have been fully damaged and another 4,744 houses have been partially damaged. The displaced have been housed in 97 shelters across the country. Fifteen people have been killed by the inclement weather across the country.
The government has allocated 200 million rupees for relief and the relief items have been provided to affected communities through the Divisional secretariats.