New disaster resistant measures targeting schools, highrises
School and student safety and high-rise building protection will be
given major focus as the country’s disaster management experts introduce
a ‘framework of action” for disaster resilience in due course.
Disaster Management Center’s Director General Maj Gen Gamini
Hettiarachchi yesterday told the Daily News that they are working out
guidelines for student safety that would make schools a safer place for
children in times of disaster of any kind, be it an earth tremor or
He said, “ the disaster managers and geoligists have s felt the need
to promote a culture of disaster prevention in the country following
recent earth tremors and other natural disasters.
“Reducing the impact of any possible threat on children against any
type of disaster is important,” he explained.
“However, minor , there have been slight tremors and trembling in
some buildings. We have received complaints,” he said.
“What was experienced in the country on Saturday was a minor
earthquake, even negligible in terms of damage,” he explained.
“ We are going to make the children aware about how they should act
in the event of an earthquake. We will also include in our guidelines
how people should vacate a building in an emergency,” he said. Asked
about the Disaster Centre’s level of preparedness for the prevention of
a major disaster, Maj Gen Hetttiarachchi said they have developed
mechanism to encounter major flood situations , landslides or even a
“We have done that over the years and now we can alert the public and
dispatch to vulnerable areas to arrest the conditions,” he said.
Geological Survey and Mines Bureau Director Anil Peiris said that the
United States Geolgical Survey has not recorded recent earth tremors
that were experienced in Sri Lanka.
“They were so small that their equipment have not indicated them. Sri
Lanka’s Geological Surveys and Mines Bureau has assumed that the tremors
were 3 to 3.5 on the Richter Scale,” he explained.