Written by Keshala Dias
24 Apr, 2017 | 11:33 pm
The team of experts from Japan, who arrived in the country to carry out investigations into the Meethotumulla garbage dump collapse, submitted their report to President Maithripala Sirisena on the morning of April 24.
Subsequent to the handing over of the report, the head of the team made a presentation explaining the recommendations of the team.
According to Presidential Media Unit, the expert team, as a short term measure, called for the stabilisation of the dump in order to preven ta recurrence during the rainy season.
As a secondary measure, the team called for the shape of the dump to be made symmetrical, with a broad base to ensure proper distribution of weight.
The team also proposed long-term measures such as gradually reducing the size of the garbage dump, and opting for measures such as recycling, power generation and production of bio fertiliser.
During the meeting, the President thanked the Japanese expert team for providing a detailed report during a short time span.
Speaking at the occasion, the President pointed out that the tragic incident in Meethotamulla has been converted into a political problem.
Meanwhile, the Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) expert team which is in the country in response to the collapse of the Meethotamulla garbage dump, met with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees on Monday, April 24, to elaborate on certain details of the assessment report it compiled.
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