Dec 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka will mark the National Safety Day, which was commemorated for seven years continuously since 2006, in Kalutara district this year.
The National Safety Day was inaugurated following the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami on the Boxing Day of 2004 to commemorate the lives lost and to increase awareness among the public in such catastrophic disasters and educate them to prepare for such disasters.
Previous National Safety Day commemorations were held in Galle, Ratnapura, Kandy, Kurunegala, Jaffna, Batticaloa and Badulla Districts respectively.
The Cabinet approved a proposal made by the Minister of Disaster Management Mahinda Amaraweera to commemorate the 2013 National Safety Day in Kalutara District, with the active participation of the relevant Ministries and Provincial Council and other stakeholders.
Following the tsunami, Sri Lanka has set up a mechanism to record the effect of a tsunami within five minutes of its occurrence and the Disaster Management Ministry has established systematic procedures to evacuate the people to safety from danger areas within one hour.
According to statistics 35,322 people lost their lives in Sri Lanka and over 500,000 lost their homes when the island was struck by the tsunami that was resulted from the Indian Ocean earthquake in Indonesia on December 26, 2004.