Moratuwa most vulnerable to tsunami

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in search of sign boards for evacuation after 14 years

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  • It is said that there were no exit routes for the public to evacuate in the event of a tsunami, striking the Moratuwa area
  • The Tsunami towers had been built one at Moratu Modera Arafath College and the other at the Lunawa Hospital

Text & Pics By Reka Tharangani Fonseka   

Even though the Moratuwa Municipality area is considered to be the most vulnerable in the Colombo District, if a tsunami was to strike once again, boards and notices indicating safety routes and zones in the area have been destroyed or removed.   


It is said that there were no exit routes for the public to evacuate in the event of a tsunami, striking the Moratuwa area.   


However, the absence of these boards had caused much to the  public as five Grama Niladhari divisions in Moratuwa have been identified as most vulnerable by the Disaster Management Centre in the event of a tsunami.   
The tsunami zone bordered by the Weras Ganga on one side and the sea on the other side, includes Egoda Uyana South, Egoda Uyana Central, Katukurunda, Koralawella South West, Moratuwella West, and Uswatte. In the map showing the demarcations of the Grama Niladhari Divisions this highly risk area is marked in red.   


“Considering the 14th anniversary of the Tsunami that occurred on the 26th December 2004, it is pertinent to explore the steps taken towards the safety of the residents in this high- risk area. With this in view, we inquired from the Managing Director of the Colombo District Disaster Management Centre- Wing Commander D. Jayaweera,  who said that he had been appointed to this post a few days ago, and he believes that his predecessors had acted correctly and taken the best decision, and assured that further studies would be made and steps would be taken to safeguard the lives of the people in the future.”   


When this matter was posed to the Assistant Coordinator of Disaster Management in Colombo Anura Kalansuriya, he assured that the lives of  the Moratuwa residents were fully secured. He said further that boards indicating safety exits were put up by the Red Cross in 2007 in various places but not in Moratuwa at that time for reasons unknown to him. He stressed that safety cannot be guaranteed merely by notice boards, and the two main Tsunami towers in the Colombo District were established in Moratuwa. From the overall 14 Grama Niladhari Divisions in Moratuwa five divisions had been identified as most vulnerable for Tsunami.   


The Tsunami towers had been built one at Moratu Modera Arafath College and the other at the Lunawa Hospital. In addition 14 Siren Towers had also been completed.   


Even though living in a vulnerable area, rehearsals had been continuously carried out to ensure moving into the secured area within twenty minutes.    

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