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    WB lending US $ 213 Mn to SL to prevent flooding in Colombo Featured

    July 04, 2014

    The World Bank is lending Sri Lanka US$ 213 million to prevent the flooding in the country's economic capital of Colombo and increase its defenses against the natural disaster to safeguard the livelihoods of city's 2.5 million people and the economic health of the entire country.


    The metropolitan city faces increased risk of devastating floods when it rains and severe flooding in 2010 exposed the city's vulnerability to shifting patterns of torrential rain, which is linked to climate change.


    The cost of the 2010 floods in the city is conservatively estimated at US$50 million and the Bank says it could have been much worse.


    According to World Bank the rainfall frequency has almost doubled in Colombo over the last 30 years, suggesting that floods of this scale will happen with increasing regularity in the future, each time with potentially crippling economic consequences.


    The Bank says it is an essential public investment.

     

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