Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Earth Science News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Sri Lanka targets unauthorised builders after monsoon deaths
by Staff Writers
Colombo (AFP) June 3, 2017


Sri Lanka announced plans Saturday to prosecute a slew of companies and individuals behind illegal construction projects blamed for landslides and flooding that have killed at least 211 people following heavy monsoon rains last week.

The urban development ministry said they will press criminal charges against those illegally occupying marshlands earmarked to absorb flood waters and structures blocking canals and storm drains.

"Much of the destruction was due to people building on mountain slopes after cutting down trees and blocking waterways," a ministry spokesman said.

Prosecutors will kick off proceedings Monday in Colombo against 18 individuals and companies, he said, as authorities prepare to launch a nationwide campaign to remove illegal structures.

There are some 10,000 unauthorised structures in the capital alone, according to the spokesman.

Decades of illegal construction have worsened the flooding by blocking drains and eliminating natural rainwater stores, including marshland.

The official Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said the death toll from last week's rains that triggered landslides and flooding rose to 211 after more bodies were discovered under tonnes of mud.

Among those killed were 45 school children. Over 90 people were still listed as missing while another 72 remained in hospital.

Nearly 2,000 homes were destroyed and over 10,000 suffered structural damage reported the DMC.

The centre said the situation across the country had improved but thousands of security personnel were still assisting in relief and recovery operations.

The flooding is the worst since May 2003 when 250 people were killed and 10,000 homes destroyed after a similarly powerful monsoon, officials said.

Monsoon rains last year also caused flooding and landslides, killing more than 100 people.

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
GMV to supply Copernicus services in support to EU external action
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
e-GEOS, a firm made up by Telespazio (80%) and the Italian Space Agency (20%), has entered into a 7.5-million- euro framework contract with the European Union Satellite Centre (SATCEN) for the supply of Copernicus security services in support to EU external action (SEA). This service aims at providing geospatial information for remote, hard-to- access areas posing a high security risk, als ... read more

Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
A world of storm and tempest
When the Earth Quakes


Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Sri Lanka targets unauthorised builders after monsoon deaths

GMV to supply Copernicus services in support to EU external action

Sri Lanka hails record military deployment as toll hits 213

European Reassurance Initiative requests billion-dollar budget increase

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Bamboo inspires optimal design for lightness and toughness

Model for 2-D materials based RRAM found

New scaling law predicts how wheels drive over sand

Space junk could destroy satellites, hurt economies

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Off US coast, Tangier Island disappearing under water

Envoys wade in to help US waters despite Trump climate snub

Fish uses special lips to eat razor-sharp, venomous coral

Understanding a river's 'thermal landscape' may be the key to saving it

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
How the Arctic Ocean became saline

Antarctic ice rift close to calving, after growing 17km in 6 days - latest data from ice shelf

Arctic peoples' climate pleas fell on deaf ears

Previously, on Arctic warming

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Myanmar's edible bird nest industry comes home to roost

As temperatures rise, plants take up more carbon

Brexit risks disrupting EU agriculture market, experts warn

Scientists discover plant 'brain' controlling seed development

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
2017 hurricane season follows year of extremes

One dead, two missing as Taiwan battles floods

Sediment from Himalayas may have made 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake more severe

Deep magma reservoirs are key to volcanic 'super-eruptions'

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
African Union offers full support for UN climate deal

EU to give 50 million euros for African force in Sahel

China rejects Uganda ivory trafficking claims against diplomats

One dead after Gambian protesters clash with W. African troops

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Tourists risk getting bit when they mistake monkey aggression for affection

Ancient grains offer insights into the birth and growth of the world's oldest cities

Fossil skeleton confirms earliest primates were tree dwellers

Springs were critical water sources for early humans in East Africa, Rutgers study finds




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement