Uma Oya Special Disaster Management Operation Centre Report 2018
Published as a Supplement to Part II of the Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka of October 16, 2009
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.
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