Japan supports Sri Lanka disaster risk reduction effort

ECONOMYNEXT – Japan’s aid agency is helping Sri Lanka cope with disasters like landslides and floods with a risk reduction community awareness program.

Three programs have been done in disaster-prone areas using new visual materials developed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with the island’s Disaster Management Center (DMC).

The Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) uses teaching methodology that comes from a combination of flip charts and PowerPoint presentations in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages along with a handbook, a statement said.

“The vital foundation for CBDRM is that a community’s own actions and the active participation of community members are indispensable to reduce damages caused by disasters,” the JICA statement said.

Awareness programmes were carried out in Pathakada in the Kalutara district, Landupita, Dara Oya and Vidulipura in the Nuwara Eliya district and Ranhotikanda in the Ratnapura district.

The main objective of  the program is to make practitioners efforts for conducting CBDRM activities easier and provide standardized and easy-to-understand educational materials, JICA said.
(Colombo/January 12, 2016)

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