Sri Lanka gets Canadian support for disaster planning

July 14, 2008 (LBO) – Canada has given Sri Lanka support to train officials from government and non-governmental organisations in responding to natural disasters like the 2004 Indian Ocean which devastated parts of its coastline. High Commissioner for Canada, Angela J. Bogdan, said the devastating impact of the tsunami and other natural disasters in many countries has reinforced the need for better planning and preparation for major natural disasters.

“Pro-active cooperation in early warning, communication, analysis and evacuation systems can help Sri Lanka to estimate the efficiency of the overall system and to propose improvements which can be crucial, she said.

Her remarks came at the opening of a two-day workshop for officials on Natural Disaster Risk Reduction and Planning, supported by the Canadian International Development Agency.

It was conducted by the University of Moratuwa in collaboration with the University of Calgary.

The workshop focused on the Before and During situations of a possible disaster and its possible impact on Sri Lanka, a Canadian High Commission statement said.

The main objectives of the workshop included developing risk analyses to determine the most vulnera