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Sri Lanka: New Hotline to Report Natural Disasters
Source: dailynews.lk
Source Date: Friday, December 27, 2013
Focus: Citizen Engagement
Country: Sri Lanka
Created: Dec 31, 2013

The Disaster Management Ministry yesterday introduced a new hotline - 117 - for the public to convey information related to natural disasters and accidents.

The hotline in operation round the clock was launched by Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne at the ceremony to mark National Safety Day in Kalutara yesterday.

The public can inform any issues related to natural disasters to the Disaster Management Centre on this hotline.

The Disaster Management Centre will in turn inform the District Disaster Management Unit of the district to provide immediate assistance to victims.

Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said the public can inform the Centre about natural disasters such as floods, earthslips and cyclonic conditions in the area to the Centre. He said officials of the respective District Disaster Management Units will assist them within a short time. The media and security authorities will also be informed about such natural calamities by the Centre.

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