When disaster management becomes a disaster

  • 14 Sep 2007 08:44:19 GMT

    Very good analysis.

    Having seen the aftermath in 2004 and what disaster management guys have achieved since then leaves mainly a bitter taste.

    Observing what the Thai authorities have developed leaves everyone highly impressed.

    No panic, everyone cool, calm and collected. People had even been observing the wave on the beach as it was reported as not that big.

    Looters and criminals have zero chance with Thai police.

    But proud Sri Lankans don`t even want to learn swimming, they can build right where regular waves end. Police fails to arrest looters and rapists.

  • 16 Sep 2007 10:58:41 GMT

    Mr V R Rao of Kolkata is `off` track, on this issue. He`d be welcome to have a senior Jarawa in his office, to advise on the next Tsunami arrival ..

    But we need another system in place .. It should take note of earth-quakes in the adjoining area .. but that may not be all there is to it. All earth-quakes (even those exceeding 7 on the `Richter` scale) may not `raise` Tsunami type waves. There are obviously other factors .. Depth, type of Structure that is `disturbed` etc. Actual `displacement` of sea water, will be relevant.

    A better guide than the `Richter` scale value may be the actual `wave-height` to be oserved, in the immediate area of the quake .. soon after its occurrence.

    It is necessary to get it `right`. A few more `false` warnings, and we`d have people dis-regarding them. The `cry wolf` story .. again.

  • 16 Sep 2007 14:57:10 GMT

    Of the things that are supposed to be managed by the State what isn`t a disaster in Sri Lanka?

  • 19 Sep 2007 04:09:20 GMT

    edited until next time.