The Government of Sri Lanka has taken the following important steps towards strengthening legislative and institutional arrangements for DRM in the country.

In May 2005, the Disaster Management Act No.13 of 2005 was enacted. This provides the legal basis for a DRM system in the country. The Act establishes the National Council for Disaster Management (NCDM), chaired by the President, vice-chaired by the Prime Minister with participation from Opposition, minority communities and Chief Ministers of the Provinces. This high-level oversight body, provides direction to DRM work in the country.

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) was established to implement the functions indicated in the Act.

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