The Australian government will provide Rs 130 million to improve planning and community resilience in four disaster prone Sri Lankan cities, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Vavuniya and Akkaraipattu. These cities are particularly vulnerable to cyclones, floods, lightning strikes and strong wind.
As part of the 12 month project lead by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in collaboration with project partners - the University of Moratuwa (UoM), Urban Development Authority (UDA), Ministry of Disaster Management (MDM) and the Municipalities / Local Authorities and communities of the four cities, 'Disaster Resilient City Development Strategies' (vulnerabilty assessments, disaster preparedness plans and builiding guidelines) will be developed for each community.
Commenting on the project, UN-Habitat Programme Manager for Sri Lanka Lakshman Perera said: "We highly appreciate the commitment of the Australian government in continuing their support for disaster risk reduction in cities. He added that "This initiative will replicate the good practices of the previous disaster risk reduction project, promote disaster resilient urban planning and significantly improve the quality of life of the communities by minimising their exposure to disasters".