Range Bandara submits report on disaster situation to Prez

Published : 9:09 am  October 12, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (74) reads | 

Life-1-17By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera   

Disaster Management State Minister Palitha Range Bandara said yesterday that the ministry had submitted a report to President Maithripala Sirisena, who is the National Disaster Management Coordinating Committee (NDMCC) Chairman, to formulate a countrywide programme in coordination with the experts and all relevant institutions to face the impending climatic impact in 2050.   


He told parliament that Sri Lanka would have to face severe climatic changes in 2050 including drought, rise in temperature, water scarcity and strong winds. He said country’s temperature was predicted to be increased by 2 Celsius by 2050 and added that severe drought would prevail in the North-Central, North-Western and Northern provinces.   


In response to a question raised by joint opposition MP Dinesh Gunawardane, the minister said action had already been taken on the advice of the experts to face the situation where new reservoirs were being built on river basins and deepening of lakes.   


In response to a question by MP Gunawardane on the recent disaster situation, the minister said 69,583 people of 17,303 families were affected, 12 people were killed and 18 injured due to the recent disaster situation prevailed in several districts.   


He told parliament that 17,303 families of Gampaha, Colombo, Kegalle, Puttalam, Kandy, Kurunegala, Matale, Batticaloa, Ratnapura, Monaragala, Kalutara, Nuwara Eliya, Galle were affected by the floods, earth slips and storms.   
He said Rs.12.5 million were allocated for the district secretaries for relief measures.     

 

 

Country’s temperature was predicted to be increased by 2 Celsius by 2050 and added that severe drought would prevail in the North-Central, North-Western and 
Northern provinces