Sri Lanka to set up islandwide Disaster Warning Centers following floods, landslides

Sri Lanka to set up islandwide Disaster Warning Centers following floods, landslides

Colombo, May 18 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Ministry has said it plans to establish disaster warning centers across the island, after the country suffered serious floods and landslides in recent years, Ceylon Today reported Friday.

Minister of Disaster Management, Duminda Dissanayake said the centers would be set up to better manage future disasters in a more successful manner with no casualties.

“The concept of Disaster Warning Towers was taken from the Tsunami Warning System, which is currently active in the country. There are around 77 Warning Towers in the coastal areas which we hope to spread out across the country.” Dissanayake said.

He added the Warning Towers would be set up using modern technology which could be used to collect meteorological data.

“With sophisticated technology, we want to establish a modern disaster warning system and continuous discussions are ongoing in this connection,” Dissanayake said.

He further noted that two doppler radar machines which would contribute to provide more accurate weather predictions would be set up in the country by 2020.

Sri Lanka has suffered severe floods and landslides in recent years with hundreds of deaths and several more losing their homes and livelihoods.