Damn It

Sri Lanka’s next Tsunami type wave might hit inland if one of the many dams in the country gives way due to lack of maintenance according to a former boss of irrigation. Sri Lanka’s next Tsunami type wave might hit inland if one of the many dams in the country gives way due to lack of maintenance according to a former boss of irrigation. The department regularly gets less money than is needed for dam safety activity.

For this year it got Rs. 15 million about a fifth of the actual requirement.

“It is better than what they have been getting during the previous years,” says D W R Weerakoon, Former Director General of Irrigation.

Mr. Weerakoon was speaking at a seminar on dam safety organized by the Vanguard Foundation and LIRNEAsia.

According to the latest Central Bank report funding needed for the routine maintenance on major reservoirs was Rs. 300 million.

But amounts received were far less resulting in the neglect of maintenance.

Central Bank annual report say lack of maintenance results in higher maintenance costs later and weakens the structures.

He also said an apex body needs to monitor all aspects related to dams in the c