Landslide Mapping in Kandy Delayed

Residents of Kandy are complaining that enough is not done to tackle the landslide issues in Kandy.

A resident of Kandy and professor at the University of Peradeniya and now Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) commented that a number of landslide-prone areas in the kandy District remain unmapped.

Thumpane, Minipe, Ududumbara, and Hatharaliyadda areas remain unmapped.

Details such as the number of recent landslides in the District, the number of buildings in the area, and the nature of the developments taking place in the area is needed to prevent landslides.

Officials are good at closing the stables once the horse has bolted commented a resident from the Galaha area where landslides have been continuously occurring.

According to study carried out by S. Thavavathani and others of the University of Peradeniya, land Slope was identified as the most influential factor on landslide hazard, however, a number of buildings have been put up without taking this factor into account.
The University of Peradeniya study has identified Seventy-Five percent of the area as a moderate risk zone and Four percent as a high. Interestingly only a percent of the area falls under the no-risk category.

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