Make public aware about dangers of lightning: Astronomer
COLOMBO: More than 80 per cent of deaths that occur due to lightning
can be avoided if the public is made aware about dangers of lightning,
astronomer Dr. Chandana Jayaratne said.
“Humans, plants and livestock can be affected by lightening. The
University of Colombo was heavily damaged by lightning in 2005,” he told
a workshop organised by the Environment Committee of Sri Lanka
Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) in collaboration with
Lanka Association for Sustainable Development.
Dr. Jayaratne said to avoid being struck by lightening at least 10
meters should be kept from vegetation when constructing houses.
People should not use land and mobile phones and walkmans and use
thunder repulsing instruments manufactured locally at a low cost.
A person struck by lightening should be given artificial respiration
within five minutes, he said.
Head of the Department of Town and Country Planning, University of
Moratuwa P.K.S. Mahanama speaking on preventing flash floods in major
cities, proposed that the role of the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and
Development Corporation (SLLRDC) should be changed to maintain drainage
and canals in the urban areas.
The regular maintenance of drainage and canals in urban areas should
be assigned to the local body, he said.
Mahanama pointed out that blocking canals, adhoc reclamation of low
lying areas and conflict of interest are the main reasons for flash
floods in the City of Colombo.
Representatives from the SLLRDC and the UDA also participated.