Presidential Committee report on tsunami released
National disaster mitigation in school curriculum soon
The government will soon introduce legislation to integrate several
key sectors which would help at times of natural disasters such as the
2004 tsunami tidal wave devastation of the islandâ€™s coastal belt.
This follows recommendations made in the Report of the Presidential
Committee appointed to make recommendations following the national
tragedy in December 2004.
The report was handed over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday
The committee was appointed by former President Chandrika Kumaratunga
and retired Supreme Court Judge, Hector Seneviratne Yapa chaired the
committee while retired Appeal Court judge, P. H. K. Kulatilleke was a
member. The then Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa spearheaded the
relief and rescue operations in the immediate aftermath of the tsunami
tragedy in the absence of President Kumaratunga and several Cabinet
ministers who were overseas at that time.
The two-member committee in its report had recommended that disaster
management should be included as a subject in the school education
curriculum and tremors should be introduced as a subject in university
According to the recommendations, the committee has urged that
expertise should be obtained with regard to the inclusion of such
subjects into the education sector while the media should be used to
provide the correct information through advanced telecommunication
It has also recommended that media institutions should recruit
personnel who possess experience and knowledge in science reporting.
Further, the committee has recommended the setting up of Natural
Disaster Centres to warn people of such disasters and also to introduce
legislation empowering an authority to take speedy action to evacuate
people from danger zones.
Several measures have been recommended in the report to minimise
damage at times of natural disasters in the future.