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Sri Lanka: 'Invest more in disaster preparedness than on emergency relief' - official

Rasika Somarathna reports on the recent comments made by emergency relief official, Dr Ananda Mallawatantri on the preliminary findings of a study of the Sri Lankan context within global climate change predictions.

"We realized that the general trend is that wet areas in Sri Lanka are going to get wetter gradually and dry areas are going to get dryer. And by 2050, the approximate levels of the above would increase by a margin of 15-20 per cent. This means wet areas would be increasingly vulnerable to floods and landslides and in dry areas both plants and animals would face problems due to water scarcity. In addition the soil close to coastal areas would get more saline."

"We need to address the disaster risk reduction considering the disaster calendar for different areas while strengthening early warning systems and advance preparedness," said Dr Mallawatantri.

Keywords

  • Themes:Climate Change, Disaster Risk Management, Early Warning, Risk Identification & Assessment
  • Hazards:Cyclone, Earthquake, Flood, Land Slide
  • Countries/Regions:Sri Lanka

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/14295

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