WWF Sponsors Sri Lankan Flood Risk Management Workshop

BY EDM | 19 MAR 2017
Sri Lanka has confronted major flooding throughout its history. Tropical Storm Roanu which struck Sri Lanka on May 15, 2016 caused the worst national disaster in 25 years.
The storm produced heavy rain fall and resulted in some areas receiving over 350 mm (13.77 inches) of rain in 24 hours. [1] Severe flooding and landslides affected 19 districts and over 300,000 people, killing more than 100 people. [2]

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On March 13-14, 2017 WWF co-sponsored a Flood Risk Management Workshop with the Hans Sauer Foundation of Germany, the Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU), and the University of Moratuwa (UoM) in Sri Lanka. The two universities have an ongoing partnership focused on flood risk management with a consortium of German universities including University of Kaiserslautern and Free University of Berlin.

WWF’s Dr. Missaka Hettiarachchi led workshop sessions on natural and nature-based flood management methods.

The event was covered by the Sri Lankan Daily News.



[1] Sri Lanka – Deadly Floods and Landslides After 355mm of Rain in 24 Hours

[2] Sri Lanka: Floods and landslides Situation Report No. 2



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