November 7, 2014
The teams of experts on Technical Cooperation for Landslide Mitigation Project have conducted the Aerial Survey on Kosldanda Landslide, which was occurred on 0730hrs, 29th October, 2014.
Mr. Kenichi HANDA, chief advisor of the project from Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in Japan (MLIT), and Mr. Ryuichi HARA, team leader of the consultant teams by Earth System Science Co., ltd: ESS), as well as the staff of JICA Sri Lanka office are conducting the survey. We also invited the staff of Disaster Management Center (DMC) and National Building Research Organization (NBRO) to enhance their capacity by introducing this type of survey.
In Japan, soon after the occurrence of the large scale disaster, disaster management related authorities will immediately deploy their helicopter to the site to observe overall situation of the event and to identify the risks of the secondary disasters, which will be utilized for the decision makings in Emergency Operation Center.
Since there were no helicopters attached to the Ministry of Disaster Management, this type of survey was new to them. JICA coordinated with the Ministry of Disaster Management to conduct this OJT type survey. The staff of Sri Lankan Government said that they understood about the importance and efficiency of aerial survey.
JICA plans to have on-site field survey to further identify the mechanism of the landslide together with the Government of Sri Lanka, and utilize the experience of this tragedy for further strengthening the Disaster Risk Reduction capacity.
Crew and Survey team member in front of Bell 212 helicopter
Overall view of landslide
Aerial Survey (from right, Mr. Handa, Chief Advisor of Landslide Mitigation Project, and Mr. Hara, Team leader of consultant team in the same project)