Feb 16 2011
The National Building Research Organization (NBRO) of Sri Lanka has asked the national government to install meters that have systems that will sense landslides in areas potentially at risk across the country.
This call came after the recent torrential downpours that caused landslides in the Matale, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, and Badulla Districts of the island nation. Commented geologist L. M. C. Moraimada of NBRO, in an address to the media, the device that is identified as an extension meter had to be embedded into the ground. It will trigger an alarm as soon as it senses a possible landslide. The national agency has identified more than 160 sites most often at risk to potential landslides.
The agency has also marked most of the areas recently targeted by landslides in Badulla and Nuwara Eliya districts as ‘landslide prone areas’ in the zonal maps indicating landslide hazards.