During times of disaster Maintaining public works is paramount – Suganuma

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By 2017-11-23

Japanese Ambassador Kenichi Suganuma yesterday (22) said that the maintenance of public works during the time of a disaster is important.

Speaking at a seminar on 'disaster management' held at a Colombo hotel, he said that otherwise rescue efforts would not take place.

"Swift recovery and reconstruction are imperative in times of disaster," the Ambassador said.

Suganuma said that when cities become populated, disaster risks increase.

He said that with Colombo becoming one of the fastest growing centres in Sri Lanka, water and electricity supply, and sewage and garbage disposal, were gaining increased importance.

The Ambassador said that Colombo in particular will be home to more tourists and more buildings. What was needed was "inclusivity and competitiveness in the City," the Envoy added.

Chief Executive Officer of the Japan based Asia Pacific Alliance Disaster Management (APADM) Kensuke Onishi in his speech said that they will be making Sri Lanka their headquarters in the South Asian region while at the same time covering the Middle East.

He said that purely by advertising their two rescue dogs, the APADM had raised USD 10 million. The APADM is equipped with a rescue aeroplane, three helicopters, a ship which can accommodate helicopters for refuelling, which could also be used for cruises in times when there are no disasters.

"What we need in our operations in Sri Lanka is a C-130 Hercules Transport Plane which the Air Force possesses," he said. The Air Force is one of their partners in Sri Lanka.

APADM Sri Lanka Country Director Firzan Hashim in his speech said that disaster risk reduction is a tool to reduce poverty.



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