Floods and Droughts – an endless Sri Lankan loop?

31 May 2017 by Anoka Primrose Abeyrathne

Photo courtesy of ABC
177 Dead. 109 listed missing. Over 557,500 people affected and 75,000 displaced (at the time of writing). In the worst floods to occur in Sri Lanka in 14 years, little preparation was done to minimize loss of life and damages. Are we stuck in an endless loop of unpreparedness? … Read more

Building Back Better from the May 2016 Floods & Landslides

22 Aug 2016 by Senel Wanniarachchi

The floods and landslides which occurred in the island in May this year, affected 22 of the 25 districts in the country (some more than others). Sri Lanka now has an opportunity to not just rebuild the infrastructure and communities to pre-disaster standards, but to ‘build back better’. If we simply rebuild the communities we are only recreating the vulnerabilities that existed earlier … Read more

What I Expect From the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris

26 Nov 2015 by Ban Ki-Moon

My message to world leaders is clear: success in Paris depends on you. Now is the time for common sense, compromise and consensus. It is time to look beyond national horizons and to put the common interest first. The people of the world – and generations to come – count on you to have the vision and courage to seize this historic moment. … Read more

A Micro Problem with a Macro Effect

04 Nov 2015 by Natasha Fernando

Very few will dispute that the ocean is beautiful, with its many fish in different and vibrant colours. The beauty of it all is astounding. However, not many people give much thought to the destruction that is brewing, invisible to the naked eye. … Read more

Choosing A Path Towards A Safer Sri Lanka

13 Oct 2015 by Joern Soerensen

Choosing A Path Towards A Safer Sri Lanka
The severity of disasters depend on the choices we make, in relation to government policies, how we grow our food, where and how and where we build our homes, towns and cities. Each decision either makes us more vulnerable to disasters or more resilient and so DRR is all about choices. … Read more