Sri Lanka Post Disaster Damage And Loss Reporting System (SLDALA)
Post disaster damage and loss assessment is an effective tool to identify the impact of disaster to ensure the timely recovery and reconstruction planning and implementation by the Government. The Damage and Loss Assessment (DaLA) Methodology was initially developed by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC) in 1972. It has since been improved through close cooperation of WHO, PAHO, World Bank, Inter- American Development Bank, UNESCO, ILO to capture the closest approximation of damage and losses due to disaster events. It is a flexible tool that can be adapted to specific disaster types and government ownership requirements. The DaLA Methodology bases its assessments on the overall economy of the affected country. It uses the national accounts and statistics of the country as baseline data to assess damage and loss. It also factors in the impact of disasters on individual livelihoods and incomes to fully define the needs for recovery and reconstruction.
The main objectives of this consultancy were to:
- Developed a mechanism and methodology to conduct damage and loss assessment for main sectors from sub-national to national level.
- Developed an online disaster damage and loss reporting system that allows the relevant government agencies to report the impact of a particular disaster event, in line with the standard damage and loss assessment methodology with the desired report-generating capability.
- Develop guidelines and operating procedures on data reporting and develop a user manual to be used by the stakeholder entities.
- Trained a team of national and sub-national level government officials (50 officials nominated by the Disaster Management Centre) in reporting of disaster incidents and retrieval of required reports.