'Disaster free Colombo'
Steps have been taken to develop Colombo to protect the people and
their properties from sudden flood and other disasters, Disaster
Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said.
Construction of reservoirs has started, filling of marshy land have
been stopped and proper drainage systems to flow water are being built,
he said addressing a meeting at Horana Thursday.
The Asian Development Bank funds six billion rupees for this.
The Minister said during the past few months lightning has claimed 30
lives, over Rs 300 million of property has been damaged, hundred of
persons have become handicapped.
As Horana in the Kalutara district has reported the highest number of
lightning incidents, it has been selected to launch the first lightning
awareness programme," he said. According to the recommendations of the
appointed committee, steps have been taken to provide the Meteorological
Department with modern technology and to launch a national programme on
Senior Minister for Good Governance and Infrastructure Facilities
Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka, Kalutara District MP Vidura Wickramanayaka,
Deputy Disaster Management Minister Dulip Wijesekara, Meteorological
department Director General G. B. Samarasinghe, Colombo University
Senior Lecturer Dr. Chandana Jayaratna also spoke.