Rs. 145 million invested for disaster mitigation - Disaster
Sri Lanka is receiving international support to create a culture of
safety among all communities and the ministry has invested Rs. 145
million for disaster mitigation, Disaster Management and Human Rights
Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said.
In his National Safety Day message he said:
With the establishment of the Disaster Management and Human Rights
Ministry and the Disaster Management Centre, we have achieved a
remarkable progress in preventing and mitigating disasters, especially
natural disasters. This helped us create an environment fortified with
pillars of safety, despite the increased occurrence of natural disasters
due to climate change and other possible factors.
We have taken several measures at national and sub national levels.
Preparation of 10 year road map for risk management in Sri Lanka,
drafting the National Policy on Disaster Management, establishment of
co-coordinating mechanisms in place at national, district, divisional
and village levels to encounter all types of disasters are a few among
them. The programs have contributed tr- emendously in reducing risk
levels of vulnerable population. Statistics of recent disasters clearly
show the damage to life and property has declined dramatically. Our
Ministry invested over Rs. 145 million this year on regional level
disaster mitigation initiatives under the Mahinda Chinthana development
program to realise the objectives towards a safer Sri Lanka.
Our Ministry took initiatives to obtain the support from all local
and international organisations who directly and indirectly involved in
disaster management activities. Disaster Risk Reduction and better
Our Ministry was able to obtain considerable assistance from
countries such as Japan, Italy, Korea, Netherland and United Kingdom
with the objective of creating a culture of safety among all communities
and to introduce best practices in disaster risk reduction amongst our