Sri Lanka yearns for a better disaster management system

The past few days have brought about feelings of sadness and despair, feelings that have started to feel all too familiar to the people in the country.
The rain that poured down on the island hasn’t brought about any sense of prosperity, as it ideally would. With climate change becoming one of the most pressing problems of the century, the impacts it brings with the changing weather patterns are starting to take a major toll on many countries, especially developing countries such as ours. The frequency of natural disasters is increasing and the vulnerability it brings to human life has elevated.

The records by the DMC show a rising toll of deaths with the number of disappeared individuals exceeding 100. While relief is currently being distributed among those affected by the floods and landslides within and outside the capital, hundreds of people still live in fear of experiencing further damage by the rains that are expected to arrive this week.
While the affected people grieve for their loved ones and homes, the entire nation has started asking one questions – couldn’t this devastation have been prevented?
Shouldn’t we have implemented a better disaster management system by now? Why don’t we have protocols put in place to manage disasters more effectively?
There still hasn’t been any valid response to these concerns causing people to become more frustrated with the situation. As a nation, it is high time that a collective approach is made towards finding solutions to such problems that we are bound to experience more regularly in the future. Failing to do so would not just result in the loss of lives, but also will completely diminish the trust people have for a safe future.

If you are interested in helping those affected, below are following entities that are currently involved in collecting and distributing funds and relief
1. Sarvodya Sri Lanka
2. Sri Lanka Red Cross 
3. Round Table Sri Lanka 
4. The Disaster Management Centre 
5. IMCD Sri Lanka

Like the many who have already donated, if you’re still feeling helplessness and wondering what more you can do, here are a few things to think about–

1. Consider opening your home to a family (or two!) who have been affected.

2. Be vigilant about what emergency supplies are actually required. Often, an influx of perishable items can go to waste or not reach the right people unless distributed with care.

3. Only spread verified information. It’s easy to panic in times like this, and while warnings are absolutely essential, please take an extra step to ensure that the information you are sharing is accurate.

4. Spread the word and encourage everyone you know to donate in whatever capacity you can.

For further information on disaster prone areas visit http://bit.ly/2r9wLOi