Public assistance vital in Disaster Management
of human lives, public properties and the environment from
consequence of disasters giving prior notices with effective
dealing, the aim of Disaster Management", said Secretary to the
Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa
expressing his views during a TV interview on last Monday (1st July)
participating at the 'Doramadalawa' programme aired by the
Independent Television Network (ITN).
Duties and responsibilities of the security forces
in disaster management was the theme of the programme.
Further elaborating Mr Rajapaksa said that,"
prearrangement is the main fact in this process and many such
incidents has been dealt very successfully by the Disaster
Management Centre in association with the security forces, civil defence force and police during the past".
Speaking on two main segments of disasters,
natural disasters and man made, Secretary Defence said that ".
People are aggravating disaster situations by erecting illegal
structures on marshy lands and dumping garbage in culverts and
drainage lines"." It's impractical to maintain and control bad
habits merely through the authorities, hence the commitment of the
society is very vital" he added.
He also said that, "owing to the dredging and
developing the prevailing canal and waist water system, cities have
become green and clean being eye catching locations automatically.
"Diverting the swage pipe lines of illegal shanties erected on
valleys of canals are one of the main hindrance and not only them
selves, but also endanger the lives of the troops engaged in
cleaning." he added. Mr. Rajapaksa urged that people and the
organizations should act in a rather responsible manner in disaster
Responding to a question raised on the state of
sustainability of developed nations in a huge disaster situation,
Secretary Defence said that, "in such situations disaster management
plays an immense role in reducing the damage while protecting
lives". "Meanwhile, training sessions are also conducted to alert
public on ways of evading disasters giving them a prior notice". He
Recalling the catastrophic Tsunami incident
Secretary Defence emphasized that, "despite the declared 'Danger
Zone' people have built houses and some have obstructed the ways of
evacuation". "It is much convenient to implement teaching programmes,
if people join hands without criticizing the government led
programmes". He said.
The Commander of the Navy, Director General of the
Disaster Management Centre, Director General of the Department of
Meteorology, Director General of Sri Lanka Coast Guard and senior
officials the three forces were also present.