Secretary chairs INSSSL discussion
Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Eng. Karunasena
Hettiarachchi chaired a discussion themed 'Managing and mitigating the
threat of natural disasters in Sri Lanka' organized by the Institute of
National Security Studies at the Ministry auditorium today (16th Friday,
The aim of the discussion was to bring together all
the relevant stake holders, in order to manage and mitigate the risk
component of future disasters in the country. One of the main key areas
that were focused during the meeting was the implementation of an Early
Warning System as a mechanism for disaster risk reduction. Additionally,
matters related to building of illegal settlements near flood-prone
areas, de-forestation and sand-mining were discussed at the meeting.
Effects of the natural disasters including the recent floods and counter
implementing measures were also discussed during the meeting.
During his brief speech Secretary Hettiarachchi
pointed out that disaster prevention should get more attention rather
than focusing on post disaster work. Secretary highlighted the
improvements in rescue and relief operations during the recent floods.
He also offered his expertise as an engineer, which would assist to
prevent or to minimize floods and landslides in future.
Senior officials of the relevant institution, senior
military officers, Director General of the INSSSL and officials of the
INSSSL were also present at the occasion.