Safer Cities 12 Demonstration Housing Construction for Landslide and Flood Prone Areas A case study from Ratnapura, Sri Lanka

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The floods and landslides in Ratnapura District, Sri Lanka in May 2003 showed the high vulnerability of the community living in the area. Lessons learned are that mitigation of the effects of the disasters and protection against hazards require both structural measures, such as the construction of protective works or alterations designed to diminish the vulnerability of elements at risk, and non-structural measures, such as regulating land-use and building codes can all reduce the impact of disaster. Such mitigation measures should be integrated with the normal developmental activities.
This resource is part of a Collection of similar guidelines entitled " Landslide Mitigation and Disaster Risk Management Case Studies and Good Practice", and is included in the series of Collections supporting response to natural disaster events. Collections are monitored daily and new content is added.