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Tsunami Drill Conducted In 14 Coastal Districts

Jul 14, 2010 5:17:50 AM - thesundayleader.lk

Families practicing a retreat from the sea

By Maryam Azwer

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) yesterday conducted tsunami drills in all coastal areas of the island, covering a total of 14 districts.

Pradeep Kodippili, Media Coordinator for the DMC, told The Sunday Leader that the drills were completed successfully.

He explained that the drills involved educating selected groups of the “vulnerable community” on how to react to early warnings, evacuation procedures, and what to take with them, among other details.

“We planned to use various methods to transfer the message to the community. It was a practical drill, and we were also testing the early warning system from top to bottom,” said Kodippili.

The early warning system, he said, was established in 2005 and improved every year, “with both technical and traditional methods.”

He also added that, based on findings from yesterday’s drills, the DMC plans on “improving the system as much as possible.”

Tsunami drills have been conducted every month since 2005, in individual districts, under the respective district coordinators.

The DMC plans to conduct at least 5 or 6 more national drills this year.


Pointing the way

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