• Last Update 2022-08-08 16:12:00

Disaster Management Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa to arrive tomorrow


Disaster Management Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, who was in Cancun, Mexico, for a conference when torrential rains caused floods and landslides in Sri Lanka, is due to arrive in the country tomorrow.

According to flight details obtained by the Sunday Times, he left Mexico and arrived in New York on Monday. He will be in Dubai today and land in Sri Lanka tomorrow morning.

Minister Yapa posted a photograph on his Facebook account on May 24 from the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. In his speech the same day, he spoke of how Sri Lanka has put in place a programme to “minimise casualties, damage to infrastructure, and economic losses” in natural calamities.

Neither his absence nor his claims on disaster management sat well with public who are facing one of the worst natural calamities in recent times. According to the Disaster Management Centre’s update on the morning of May 30, at least 183 people are confirmed dead while a further 103 are missing and 112 are injured.


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