Sri Lanka Disaster Management Act, No. 13 Of 2005
The DCS collects, compiles and disseminates relevant, reliable and up-to-date statistical information required for planning, implementation and monitoring progress of development and other socio-economic activities in the country.
Published as a Supplement to Part II of the Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka of October 16, 2009
Disaster risk management has been an integral part of Sri Lanka’s ancient civilizations, where villages were spatially arranged around tank cascade systems, many of which function to date. Even though the terminology of disaster management is relatively new to Sri Lanka, the concepts that it prescribes have been in practice since the early days. Prior to 2004, there were a few disaster management programmes, which particularly focused on relief, already in place. However, the tragic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami marked the beginning of a new era of disaster management in Sri Lanka
Mahaweli River is the Longest river in Sri Lanka and has the largest river basin in Sri Lanka. Uma oya is one of the major tributaries of the river Mahaweli and it has a large catchment area.