Kapila Dahanayake, Emeritus Professor at the Department of Geology of the University of Peradeniya says that the risk of the Hantana Mountain Range experiencing a landslide is quite low.
However, authorities took measures to evacuate 46 families residing close to the Hantana Mountain Range after it was identified as an area prone to landslides. The evacuees are currently being sheltered at the Uduwela Sri Vani Tamil School in Hantana. The authorities took the measures to evacuate the residents in the area due to the appearance of cracks in the area.
Floods and landslides have become more frequent than ever before. Our generation (post-war baby boomers) grew alongside a different rhythm of weather (not of heart) tragedies – 1947, 1957, 1964, 1978, 1986, and so on. Tsunami (2004) greeted the millennials and the weather gods have taken to more frequent devastation ever since. The odd thing about the current climate calamity is that it has struck virtually the entire island with the same intensity and at the same time. One newspaper report listed in full – 22 of the 25 districts as affected areas. Ampara, Batticaloa and Moneragala are the spared ones. And the source of the trouble – Cyclone Roanu, located in the Bay of Bengal, also seems odd for this time of the year. It has brought torrential rains to Sri Lanka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and finally Bangladesh.