Alerting Sri Lankans to danger of disaster
Eastern Eye Staff
EARLY ACTION THIS SEASON HELPED SAVE MORE LIVES THAN IN THE PAST SRI LANKA’S weather and disaster offices have, for years, faced criticism for not providing adequate early warning about extreme weather – a problem that may have contributed to widespread deaths and displacement from mudslides and flooding, critics say. But this year that is changing, with government agencies issuing a series of early warning alerts about potential threats. On May 22, the Disaster Management Centre put out a landslide warning, relayed from the National Building Research Organisation, that reached scores of landslide-prone villages in the districts of Rathnapura, Kalutara, Kegalle…
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