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DateLine Sunday, 23 March 2008

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Today is World Meteorological Day

Today is World Meteorological Day and Sri Lanka's Meteorological Department will focus on a theme titled 'Observing Our Planet for a Better Future'.

A seminar in this connection will be conducted with the participation of school teachers, volunteers and individuals who observe the meteorological parameters around the country.

A Spokesperson for the MET Department G. Samarasinghe said "In Sri Lanka during 2007 and 2006 65% and 62% of the total disaster management funds were spent on rehabilitation and reconstruction for floods while droughts were second place with 8% and 7% ." Ninety per cent of natural disasters are weather, climate and water related-hampering socio-economic growth because funds which can be used for development is spent on rehabilitation and reconstruction.

The Director General of the Meteorological Department D. H. P. Dharmaratne said, "The Meteorological Department is equipped with technology and gathers data to detect weather patterns but Sri Lanka's weather patterns are becoming more severe and unpredictable".

It was highlighted that through the observations and forecasts based on these weather patterns, emergency managers and policy makers have to develop mitigating as well as precautionary and prepared strategies to face these challenges.

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