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A group of experts say tsunami has presented a window of opportunity to develop an all hazard warning system for the country. A group of experts say tsunami has presented a window of opportunity to develop an all hazard warning system for the country. Every year people die due to a range of natural hazards from floods to drought and tsunamis being the latest threat.

They say the private sector players like insurers and hoteliers can also play an active role as disasters affect them directly.

“The problem is that it is a system more than a technology. We need to have human beings with their telephones on; their systems checked, maintained and backed up.”

“We are aware of the importance of disaster education. People cannot take a warning and immediately do the right thing. They must have some prior knowledge as to what to do,” Rohan Samarajiva, Director, LIRNEasia said.

Professor Samarajiva was speaking at a briefing by LIRNEasia, which he heads, and the Vanguard Foundation on recommendations for a hazard warning system for the country.

They propose, any warning system looks at identifying all hazards f