National Building Research Organisation

National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) the premier research & development institute
established in 1984 has now grown in to a successful technical service provider and research & development institution
where experts from multiple disciplines have teamed up and dedicated to create a disaster free built environment for the nation.

 

Aranayake Evacuation Center Badulla Evacuation Center

 

 National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) with the financial assistance of Rs. 90 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) constructed evacuation centres in Aranayake, Badulla and Wattala Divisional Secretariat Divisions. Keeping in line with the policy of the government of Sri Lanka to give highest priority to save the lives of people while maintaining the social welfare measures to minimize the suffering of the disaster victims, the Ministry of Disaster Management has recognized and initiated action on addressing disaster management holistically. As an immediate solution, schools, temples, etc are often turned into makeshift shelters or evacuation centres to accommodate disaster affected families. On the other hand, accommodation of disaster affected families in schools and temples causes various socio-economic issues and interrupt the functioning of such public places. As a result, for the first time in Sri Lanka evacuation centres have been constructed to shelter the disaster victims.

Features of the evacuation centres includes a community hall to accommodate nearly 120 individuals and facilities such as an office room, store room, area for common food preparation, wash room facilities, toilet facilities, play area for children and sufficient parking space is available for vehicles. Floor area of the evacuation centre is about 6084 Sq.ft. Length of the evacuation centres is 127 feet and the width is 62 feet. These evacuation centres are designated for its primary purpose to serve as a temporary dwelling for evacuees of flood and landslide disaster and in other calamities. Evacuation centres are handed over to the respective divisional secretariats. Subsequently, Divisional Secretaries holds the responsibility of managing these evacuation centres.