Floods are only part of the story

In 2004, just after the Tsunami, the International Water management Institute (IWMI) mapped the area that went under water in Galle, Matara and Hambantota Districts. It highlighted the need for maintaining a buffer strip along the coast for any new constructions. This has been the subject of much debate since then, but a good many lives and a great deal of property could have been spared in 2004 if such a buffer zone was in effect earlier.

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