The Disaster Management Ministry has allocated Rs. 8,000 million for a programme to control floods inColomboand has launched a secured town planning programme aimed at minimizing disasters.
Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says that the monies will be used to clear canals, reconstruct the drainage system and for other measures to prevent floods in Colombo.
Amaraweera has said that in a situation of disaster, relief services should be provided to the people without just being strictly confined to circulars.
The Minister has made these observations during the launch of the Disaster Free and Secured Town Planning Programme and the “Global Report on Minimization of Disaster.”
The project has been jointly implemented by the Disaster Management Minsitry, Disaster Management Centre and Local Government Ministry, and will receive assistance under the UN Strategy Programme of Disaster Management.
Under the planning programme of secured towns, 15 towns have been selected as Disaster Free Cities.