IMG 0348An awareness programme for local journalist, in view of making efficient the disaster management mechanism and strengthening mass communication mechanism, was conducted at Samudi Reception Hall on 29.11.2018. The occasion was chaired by the District Secretary and the lectures were conducted on following subjects.
• Current progress, issues and expected targets of disaster management activities in Ratnapura District – Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama, District Secretary/Government Agent.
• Role of NBRO in landslide management – Eng. Abheetha Wanasundara, District Officer of NBRO
• Policies and circulars, in effect pertinent to provision of disaster reliefs.- Ms.G.D.L. Udayakumari, Additional District Secretary.
• Climatic changes and associated possible disasters – G.D. Sanjeewa, Climatologist.
• Role of the Department of Irrigation in flood management – Mr. Aruna Samarathunga, District Irrigation Engineer.
• Role and duty of the journalists in disaster risk reduction process – Mr. Ajith Lal Shantha Udaya, BBC Journalist
• Disaster management methodology and role of media in disaster management – Mr. Pradeep Kodippili, Media Spokesman and Deputy Director of Disaster Management Centre.
Journalists in Ratnapura District representing both electronic and press media, Mr. Muditha Manjula, Assistant Director of District Disaster Management Centre and Mr. Sugath Disanayaka, Director (awareness and training) of Disaster Management Centre were also present at the programme.