Constructions in areas prone to landslides should be done under the inspection and approval of the Local Bodies of the respective areas. This decision has been taken by the National Council for Catastrophic Management.
The Council met under the patronage of President Rajapaksa at Temple Trees last afternoon. The President emphasised that a programme should be crafted to educate the public before a disaster occurs. Secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management Marina Mohommad said several awareness progammes have been launched on how to face and react during catastrophic situations. She said the Disaster Management Centre has initiated the programmes to make awareness among school children and also bus drivers. Further, she noted that guidelines on how to react and face a catastrophy would be included in the school curriculum as well as in the curriculums of University and Vocational Training. It was pointed out that the national economy suffered a loss of six billion rupees due to the recent floods in various parts of the country. Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne was present at this meeting.