Relocating residents from high-risk areas underway – DMC

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Assistant Director of Media and Public Relation of the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) Janaka Handunpathiraja said that a programme to relocate people living in high risk areas across the country is currently underway.

Handunpathiraja added that attention has been paid to relocating people living in landslide-prone areas in the Kandy District.

The Assistant Director said that Director General of DMC retired Major General Susantha Ranasinghe met Kandy District Secretary Chandana Tennakoon, Director General of National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) Dr. Asiri Karunawardane and other relevant officials at Kandy District Secretariat to discuss the relocation programme for those living in the high landslide risk areas.

Handunpathiraja said that the meeting discussed potential problems when evacuating people from areas with high commercial value.

In addition, the discussion also focused on socio-economic impacts that could arise following the evacuation.

He said that attention had been paid to implementing disaster resilience projects using scientific and technical methods to mitigate possible landslides in order to protect lives and property.

“The officials took part in the meeting also inspected landslide prone areas in Suduhumpola East, West, Buwelikada and Gurudeniya East Grama Niladhari Divisions in the Gangawata Korale Divisional Secretariat Division situated near Kandy City,” the Assistant Director said.

Following the inspection tour it was decided to implement a disaster resilient model project for Suduhumpola East and West Grama Niladhari Divisions.

By Naalir Jamaldeen