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Sri Lanka Still in Search of a Comprehensive Disaster Management Plan
Sri Lanka Still in Search of a Comprehensive Disaster Management Plan
Sri Lanka Still in Search of a Comprehensive Disaster Management Plan

About six months after a massive tsunami slammed the island nation of Sri Lanka on Dec. 26, 2004, large plumes of smoke could be frequently seen snaking skywards from the beach near the village of Sainathimaruthu, just east of Kalmunai town, about 300 km from the capital, Colombo. A petrified population had devised a makeshift early-warning system that would alert…

IPS - Dec 31 16:17 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Tsunami, HumanRights ]

2004 Indian Ocean tsunami: how Aceh recovered, and Sri Lanka declined
2004 Indian Ocean tsunami: how Aceh recovered, and Sri Lanka declined
2004 Indian Ocean tsunami: how Aceh recovered, and Sri Lanka declined

The outcome in Sri Lanka has since served as a model for how to militarily crush a separatist movement, but remains globally deplored by human rights advocates. The outcome in Aceh has, by contrast, been viewed as a model for using democracy to achieve peace. The 2004 tsunami created two choices for achieving a genuine peace in the areas it affected. Only one of…

Guardian - Dec 29 11:29 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Tsunami, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Preparing younger generations for future disasters in Sri Lanka

    Preparing younger generations for future disasters in Sri Lanka

    In coordination with the District Disaster Management Centre of Mullaitivu and several other organizations, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society Mullaitivu Branch, organized a Schools Disaster Simulation Programme at the GTM School of East Mulliwaikkal to educate students and parents about natural disasters including tsunamis. Under its Post Conflict Recovery Programme,…

    ICRC - Sep 28 13:14 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tsunami, Mullaitivu, ICRC ]

  • Sri Lanka's remarkable recovery from the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004

    Sri Lanka\'s remarkable recovery from the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004

    I started writing this in the back garden of The Lighthouse in Galle. In the garden of the Geoffrey Bawa designed Jetwing Hotel, there is a long, rectangular swimming pool and a line of leaning coconut trees pegging the beach. Just a few metres away from my lounger, the beach recedes into the Indian Ocean. Waves crash into the sand, a dishwater brown lapping-in. …

    Daily Mail - Jun 22 01:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tsunami, HumanRights ]

  • Aboard Sri Lanka's tsunami train, an anguished hope of reunion

    Aboard Sri Lanka\'s tsunami train, an anguished hope of reunion

    Ten years after a towering wave hurled the Sri Lankan train Samudra Devi off its tracks and killed more than 1,000 people, passenger Shanthi Gallage still carries a faint hope of finding her missing husband and daughter. Samudra Devi, or "Ocean Queen", made a special journey on Friday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, which killed an…

    Reuters - Dec 26 23:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tsunami, HumanRights ]

    Related:
      - 10th anniversary of tsunami is marked with tears - AP
      - Sri Lanka train guard mourns tsunami dead 10 years on - AFP
  • Sri Lanka, the tsunami and the evolution of disaster response

    Sri Lanka, the tsunami and the evolution of disaster response

    On the morning of 26 December 2004, Mohideen Ajeemal, a fish distributor from Sainathimaruthu, a village on Sri Lanka’s eastern coast, hurriedly climbed a coconut tree to escape rapidly rising seawater. As he did so he saw his young daughter and son struggling to save themselves. “I found both bodies later that afternoon. My son’s body was swept away about a…

    IRIN - Dec 25 22:24 GMT - more ...
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  • Devastating 2004 tsunami moved Canadian couple to help Sri Lanka rebuild, and they’re still going back

    Devastating 2004 tsunami moved Canadian couple to help Sri Lanka rebuild, and they’re still going back

    Janet McKelvey was decompressing after Christmas at her family’s ski cabin north of Toronto on Dec. 26, 2004 when, like a lot of other Canadians, she heard reports of a killer tsunami that had washed over much of South Asia. Indonesia, India, the Maldives, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Thailand were all hit. The horror of what happened, captured in the cellphone videos…

    National Post - Dec 25 22:20 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tsunami, Canada ]

  • 10 Years After the Tsunami: Is Sri Lanka Better Prepared for the Next Disaster?

    10 Years After the Tsunami: Is Sri Lanka Better Prepared for the Next Disaster?

    With the lessons learnt following the 2004 tsunami, the Disaster Management Center (DMC), under the Ministry of Disaster Management has been leading efforts to enhance disaster risk management in close collaboration with development partners working in Sri Lanka. Working together, this group has been able to create a “culture of safety in Sri Lanka. Establishment of…

    WB - Dec 24 14:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tsunami, History, SriLanka ]

  • Boxing Day tsunami, 10 years on: how cricket helped save Sri Lanka

    Boxing Day tsunami, 10 years on: how cricket helped save Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka has got its smile back. This serendipitous isle, blighted by 25 years of civil war and, exactly a decade ago, a devastating tsunami, is finally emerging from the darkness of its recent past to brighten visitors’ lives with smart new hotels and modern infrastructure to enhance its superb natural attractions. There is free Wi-Fi on the jerky but…

    The Telegraph - Dec 23 15:40 GMT - more ...
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  • Revisiting seaside Sri Lankan village a decade after tsunami like sequel to a horror movie

    Revisiting seaside Sri Lankan village a decade after tsunami like sequel to a horror movie

    For the first time in 10 years, my wife, Sian, and I climbed the small staircase to the balcony of our apartment at the Sea View Hotel in the seaside village of Unawatuna, near Galle in Sri Lanka. The previous time, we were racing to beat the rapidly rising water and awesome power of the Boxing Day tsunami that engulfed the coast of Sri Lanka. It was eerie being…

    The Age - Dec 19 16:53 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tsunami, HumanRights ]

  • In Sri Lanka’s Post-Tsunami Rise, China Is Key

    In Sri Lanka’s Post-Tsunami Rise, China Is Key

    When the Indian Ocean tsunami pulverized much of this town 10 years ago, locals wondered if it would ever recover. Then China stepped in. It came through with money for big projects including a $1 billion port and a $209 million airport. It is also providing assistance for other developments across Sri Lanka, including a $500 million Colombo port expansion, new…

    Wall Street Journal - Dec 19 04:12 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tsunami, Economy, China ]

  • Tsunami aid was over-billed, court rules

    A P.E.I. company over-billed and misled the Canadian government while working on a multi-million dollar contract overseas to provide aid to Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami, the P.E.I. Supreme Court has ruled.The Canadian Agro Sustainability Partnership won a contract from the Canadian International Development Agency to provide aid to Sri Lanka after the tsunami. …

    CBC - Aug 12 12:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tsunami, Canada, SriLanka ]

  • Turning to sex work in Sri Lanka’s north

    Turning to sex work in Sri Lanka’s north

    With more women taking up as family breadwinners in Sri Lanka’s former war zone - the island’s north - the region is recording an increase in women turning to survival sex. According to estimates by local groups working with women to boost their incomes, the number of women engaged in sex work is said to be as many as 7,000, considered by some as a…

    IRIN - Oct 10 17:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tsunami, HumanRights ]

  • Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala – review

    Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala – review

    Deraniyagala's memoir about losing her husband and sons in the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami is, for William Dalrymple, possibly one of the most moving books ever written about grief. On 26 December 2004, when the tsunami broke across the shores of the Indian Ocean, killing at least 275,000 people in a dozen countries, my three small children and I were paddling in the sea…

    The Guardian - Apr 03 13:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tsunami, Arts&Culture ]

  • SRI LANKA: Over 6,000 evacuated after flooding

    SRI LANKA: Over 6,000 evacuated after flooding

    “The number will likely increase,” Pradeep Kodipilli, assistant director of the Sri Lankan Disaster Management Center (DMC), told IRIN on 18 December in Colombo, noting flood warnings remain in effect across 10 of the country’s 25 districts - Galle, Matale, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Polonnaruwa, Badulla, Baticaloa, Hambantota, Moneragala and Kurunegala. “In…

    IRIN - Dec 18 13:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tsunami, History, SriLanka ]

  • Large quake rocks Sumatra

    A 7.2-magnitude earthquake has struck the western coast of northern Sumatra. The undersea earthquake hit the Indonesian province at 5.37am (EDT). Its centre was located about 29 kilometres under the surface. The Indonesian government had initially issued a tsunami warning, which has now been lifted, and the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre confirmed…

    Age - Jan 11 02:21 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tsunami, World, Australia ]

  • Tsunami Demons Haunt the Coast

    Seven years after monster waves crashed into homes, hotels and vehicles on Sri Lanka’s coast, people in this island nation continue to be haunted by demons from the sea. For those who lived to tell the tale of how 30,000 souls perished on that fateful Boxing Day in 2004, the slightest change in the mood of the sea is enough to send a chill down their spines. …

    IPS - Dec 24 15:28 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tsunami ]

  • Canada: Tamil foundation loses charity status

    According to a Canada Revenue Agency audit, the Canadian Foundation for Tamil Refugee Rehabilitation (CAFTARR) provided more than $700,000 to organizations outside Canada that were “non-qualified donees.” In a letter to the foundation’s lawyer, the CRA said it believes “on the basis of publicly available information” that both the TRO and the Mission are…

    Toronto Star - Dec 13 16:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tsunami, Canada, World ]

  • Japans tsunami and the parallels of Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka

    Many wonder, is there any connection between “Tamil Genocide” in Sri Lanka and the “Earthquake cum Tsunami” in Japan? Japan’s twin natural disaster followed by the huge blasts that has caused further damages at nuclear power plants and fears of a nuclear meltdown may have some parallels with the genocidal war in this other tiny island nation in the Asian…

    TrutheDive - May 22 12:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tsunami, Jaffna, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka recovers seven years after its tsunami

    Sri Lanka recovers seven years after its tsunami

    As the people of Japan live through the triple nightmare of earthquake, tsunami and the threat of nuclear disaster, those affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami feel deep sympathy. The second-worst hit country at that time was Sri Lanka, where 40,000 people were killed. Six years on, in many of the affected places, there is a mixture of grief and optimism. …

    BBC - Mar 22 18:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tsunami, HumanRights ]

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