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Tsunami warning system to reach North & East

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) will fully expand its tsunami warning system within this year. According to DMC Early Warning Division’s Assistant Director Pradeep Kodippili, they will expand their network to the North and the East completing the island-wide grid.
“There are already 52 early warning towers active in Sri Lanka. We will erect towers in Jaffna, Mullaithivu, Pudumathalan, Kokilai and several other areas. The newly-established towers will create a complete warning tower grid around the country,” Kodippili said.
“Once completed, the system will be more effective than before. Even now we are able to alert the public within one and a half minutes after receiving the warning,” he added.
The warning towers are used to alert all corners of the country during the threat of a tsunami. Other than the towers, the DMC also has divisional centres established to broadcast warning messages using mobilised loudspeakers.
Kodippili added that at the moment the most effective method of alerting the public is through text messages. “Almost everyone in the country is now in possession of a mobile phone with text messaging facilities. So, it has become easy to communicate during disasters,” Kodippili said.
The tsunami warning system was established after the massive tsunami disaster in 2004. Though there has been no real test for the effectiveness of the system the tsunami warning system is the only tool that stand in the way of a possible tsunami devastation. (IW)