Govt spends Rs.50 m for disaster mitigation
COLOMBO: Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda
Samarasinghe said yesterday that the Government has spent Rs.50 million
for disaster mitigation and disaster prevention programmes so far.
Addressing the media at his Ministry, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe
said the Government spent Rs.13.5 million to clean the Thimpanna
Paspenna canal, Rs.2 million to clean the Kohuwala canal, Rs.1 million
to renovate Mutuwela canal and Rs. 10 million to clean the Welanwila
He said that the Government has spent Rs. 2.5 million for flood
mitigation programmes and Rs. 4.4 million for the storm water management
programme in Colombo district. The UNDP has allocated Rs.1.7 million to
clean Kotikawatta canal.
The Minister said that his Ministry is responsible for not only
mitigating natural disasters but also responsible for addressing the
effects of man-made disasters.
As this job cannot be carried out by a single Ministry several
Ministries and institutions should join hands to successfully carry out
Through a sustainable disaster mitigation programme a sustainable
development could be achieved.
The Minister said a special committee “Colombo Flood Control
Committee” has been set up to look in to the flood disasters in Colombo
They gather from time to time to discuss the feasibility to mitigate
the harm caused to public during the heavy rainy seasons. The ministry
has allocated Rs.2 million to develop the area between Panadura to
Moratuwa within a 40 feet buffer zone.
Disaster Management committees have been set up in villages to make
the rural public aware of natural disasters and how to overcome them.
The youth in rural areas should be motivated to participate in this
programme to get fruitful results, he added.