Why 'Tsunami' Means 'Wake Up Call'

In December 2004, Sri Lanka experienced a devastating tsumani that killed more than 35,000 people and left almost one million homeless. This article discusses the aftermath of the tsunami, highlighting recovery efforts to date and what planners can learn from this experience. Because the coastal belt of Sri Lanka is extremely vulnerable, officials are reviewing past policies concerning the coastal enterprise zone, the coastal erosion reduction zone and building codes, as well as establishing a temporary safety buffer zone for rebuilding. Lack of a centralized administrative framework is hindering the Sri Lanka recovery effort. The disaster highlights the need for multi-hazard comprehensive planning in order to achieve an orderly recovery.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 4-7
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  • Accession Number: 01003849
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 17 2005 12:53PM