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President tells officials “craft long term plans to face natural disaster”

Feb 9, 2011 3:37:36 AM - itnnews.lk

President Rajapaksa issues instructions for the crafting of long term plans to face natural disasters.

At a discussion at Temple Trees with the Nuwara Eliya District Disaster Management Committee, the President attributed the disasters confronted by the world today to harming the environment without considering the repercussions it would have to undergo. He emphasized the need to prepare long term plans to confront natural disasters instead of finding temporary solutions. The country is facing disasters mainly by illegal constructions in the hill country areas and the granting of permission for illegal cultivation. The Government is mulling over enacting strict environmental regulations. This is a responsibility of the officials.

The President pointed out that officials are responsible personally for environmental issues that have surfaced. Solutions for landslides had to be found through scientific research. At the same time he underlined the need for an irrigation network which is appropriate for the present day. The President instructed the officials to immediately identify areas suitable for the relocation of families who had experienced disasters. Ministers C.B. Ratnayake, Basil Rajapaksa and Arumugam Thondaman and President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga were present at this meeting.