The Disaster Of Sri Lanka Essay

825 Words Dec 9th, 2016 4 Pages
Sri Lanka was relatively poor as it was still a developing country. Their average income was roughly $1,000 US dollars. Nobel prize winner, Mohan Munasinghe, describes the community as primarily homeless and unprepared for this catastrophic event. He uses the term civil society to describe the mass of people who came together and formed local groups to help evacuate remaining survivors. The groups set up refugee camps in safe neighborhoods and schools as well as provided food and water. The civil group also worked to remove dead bodies from the street before they became a health hazard. Civil Society organized a meeting ten days after the catastrophe to collaborate and share information for the most effective post tsunami recovery and relief. The group also talked about future precautions they would take to ensure a less damaging outcome for next time. The meeting was successful, with the attendance of government leaders as well as concerned citizens. The precautionary report was later submitted and presented at the following UN World Conference on Disasters weeks later. At this time, government relief efforts stepped in to help, but the civil society continued to be a helping hand during Sri Lanka’s time of need.
Both the 2004 earthquake and tsunami, as well as Hurricane Katrina had similarities that were disheartening. Both populations shared similar demographics. Majority of citizens were poor, low income, receiving government assistance, or homeless. Both…

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