Disaster maps out
The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) is to release the latest hazard
maps on natural disasters covering the entire island by December, DMC
Assistant Director (Research and Development) Srimal Samansiri told the
Daily News yesterday.
He said that hazard mapping activities for coastal hazards,
landslides, cyclones, droughts and floods are now being carried out with
the UNDP funding. Coastal and drought hazard mapping projects have
already been completed. Coastal hazard mapping includes tsunami, sea
level rise, storm surge and sea erosion.
About 80 percent of cyclone hazard mapping has been completed while
landslide hazard mapping has been carried out in the Nuwara Eliya and
Galle districts. He noted that floods is the most frequent disaster
experienced in Sri Lanka and affects over 50 percent of the country.
“Flood mapping by ground verification and by satellite observation has
been conducted over the last few years. Flood risk modelling will also
be introduced shortly,” he said.
Hazard mapping projects are being implemented with the support of
relevant technical agencies and universities. The DMC in coordination
with the UN-SPIDER has organized a training programme to upgrade
technical know-how in using space technology to improve hazard mapping.
It will be held from August 14-17 at the Uva-Wellassa University.
The event will be attended by representatives from the Departments of
Meteorology, Coast Conservation, Irrigation, Survey and Mapping,
Agriculture and Census and Statistics,Geological Survey and Mines
Bureau, National Building Research Organization.