It is clear from reading the article in the link below on this week’s revelation that the death toll from the Hurricane Maria that hit Puerto Rico A YEAR AGO was revised only this week from 64 to 3,000, that even in the USA there is utter confusion on how to handle a disaster. Don’t forget the USA has natural disasters frequently almost every 6 months and they still have to get their act together in putting procedures in place to make sure those MOST VULNERABLE are immediately assisted.
When reading the article in details there are so many areas that must be considered and is a case study, I will recommend to Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Ministry to read carefully and understand how systems must be in place to minimize the effect of a disaster.
We in Sri Lanka do not have to re-invent the wheel and we can easily use the examples of others to better manage disasters, as it is a science worthy of a degree at University, on disaster management and mitigation, a course a Private University cold set up in Sri Lanka as a world first to attract students from all over the world to follow!
Please be mindful that climate change is upon us and soon the Maldive Islands will disappear with their citizens needing to be re-settled. So it is a matter on our doorstep anyway.
The article even talks about doctors not being trained properly to assess the real reason a death occurred and instead put the reason of the final medical rationale, but what predicated that heart attack or other trauma that speeded death. This is just one aspect of preparedness and directing resources to where it is needed.
Today, 17 districts of 25 are suffering drought, and the most urgent aspect of that is potable water for people and something as simple as that in a small country, has not been properly managed, when you have computer systems, and communications to manage the movement of trucks of water from places there is plenty of it, to places that are in need, which can be done within hours, with simple technology, just like how ambulances can be dispatched to an accident scene in the shortest possible time, when you know the location of the accident and the location of the closest available ambulance. It is the will of the state that is lacking to do the simple things that will save lives and prolong others.