In a discussion with Dr. Nishan Sakalasooriya, Senior Lecturer in Geography and Development Studies attached to the Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya, special emphasis was made to assess the situation caused by the recent weather calamity, its causes and the disaster management that was undertaken by the authorities. The excerpts:
Q Several weeks ago, we experienced severe drought and unbearable heat in our country. This was followed by incessant rains. Earlier when experiencing this type of weather pattern, we considered it was a normal cycle that a dry season followed by a wet season. What is the cause for the sudden changes that we experience now?