Meethotamulla: Japanese experts present report to President

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The Japanese Experts Group presented their report on Meetotamulla Garbage Dump to President Maithripala Sirisena today at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo.

Head of the Experts Group, Mitsutake Numahata handed over the report and made a power-point presentation explaining the recommendations of the group.

He said as a short term measure, the garbage dump should be stabilized to ensure there would not be further collapses. Before the onset of the monsoon the shape of the dump should be streamlined and the base should be covered with polythene. As a secondary measure, the shape of the dump should be made symmetrical with a broad base to ensure proper distribution of the gravity.

The experts group also proposed long term measures to remove the dump by adopting 3-R system of reduce, reuse and recycle.

President Sirisena thanked the Japanese Experts Group for undertaking a comprehensive study within days of the disaster and said that the Japanese expertise would be useful to solve the major issue of garbage in Sri Lanka. He pointed out that although the Meetotamulla disaster began as a human tragedy, now the garbage has become a political issue. He said the need for a lasting solution to the issue and sought continued support from Japan for this endeavour.

Ministers Susil Premajayantha, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and Patali Champika Ranawaka and Japanese Ambassador Kenichi Suganuma were also present on this occasion.


Brief outline of the Japanese Assessment Report

Assessment of the Site in Meethotamulla

• Possible cause of the collapse
• Safe management of the site
• Measures for stabilization in short term and longer term
 Exchange of technical views with GOSL relevant authorities such as:
• Ministry of Disaster Management, Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government, Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Ministry of Mega polis and Western Development and etc.
 Observation of the Karadiyana dumping site

Technical Recommendations: Short term measures for Meethitamulla
Short Term measures: Safety management and prevention of secondary disaster

• Warning system based on rain fall is critical
• Maintain dump shape in the short term
• Do not change the shape of waste layers. Shape waste layers only stabilization of the dump is confirmed through all the monitoring indicators. It will take time.

Technical Recommendations: Mid-Term measures for Meethotamulla
Mid- Term measures : Stabilization of the site through comprehensive approach

• Gas control and water drainage
• Leachate control and treatment
• Assessment of soil modulus of dump
• Shaping dump into stable slopes

Technical Recommendations: Medium & Long term measures
According to our experiences, in addition to construction of landfill site, it is necessary to have

• Waste segregation
• Introduction of intermediate treatment such as waste incinerator
• 3R (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle) The recognition of solid waste management costs
• Public awareness and consultation.

  Comments - 8

  • gobbaya Monday, 24 April 2017 05:12 PM

    He can put it into where he puts all the other reports via DM Android App

    ane ane Monday, 24 April 2017 05:18 PM

    thanking the japs wont solve this issue the government should come up with a viable solution other wise it will be back to square one via DM Android App

    Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 24 April 2017 05:43 PM

    How quick they acted and out the report. Thanks Japan for the voluntary gesture.

    Nizam Tuesday, 25 April 2017 11:11 AM

    Why not get a report from the Japs regarding the Kandy Waste Dump as well before we wait for it to explode?

    Dickie bird Monday, 24 April 2017 07:53 PM

    Why do we rely on a Japanese report?This is a local problem. Why can't we get our local experts to file a report and rely on it?Are local experts inferior?

    Gayan Monday, 24 April 2017 04:12 PM

    Thank you Japan.

    mohamed Tuesday, 25 April 2017 07:31 AM

    if local experts acted before the collapse we will not see the disaster. Local experts do not believe in continuous improvement they need cars and comfort and recognition and ways to earn money to improve their families. It's a Sri Lankan mentality. A country like Japan has National policy and commitment to improving the country whereas we fight each other. Except for few segments in the society, we are still primitive.

    Sunimal Tuesday, 25 April 2017 07:59 AM

    There aren't any capable local experts left in SL due to brain drain.

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