1. 1 Objectives

The purposes of this research are as follows:

1. 2 Target area

Coastal belt in Galle district, Sri Lanka

1. 3 Period of field survey

 From 2nd March 2005 to 12nd March 2005

1. 4 Sample and Disatribution

Number of Collected Samples

Target respondent No. of samples Remarks
Residents 1,324 6 districts along the coast
School School children (9 - 11 yrs) 1,112 13 schools
Class teachers 36
Government officers 110 12 institutions

Sample Ratios of Residents by DS division

DS division Ratios (%)*) Number of Houses (as of year 2001)
Benthota 10.2 11,801
Balapitiya 14.9 15,570
Ambalangoda 13.5 18,328
Hikkaduwa 22.1 23,838
Galle Four Gravets 22.2 19,931
Habaraduwa 17.1 14,215

*) Tentative values.

Target Schools

School name DS division Remarks
Shariputra Maha Vidyalaya Habaraduwa Mixed School
Uswatunhasana Maha Vidyalaya Galle Muslim
Sudharma Maha Vidyalaya Galle Mixed School
Southlands College Galle Girls School
C.W.W. Kannangara Maha Vidyalaya Galle Mixed School
Gintota Maha Vidyalaya Galle Mixed School
Alloyseus College Galle Boys school
Rohana Maha Vidyalaya Habaraduwa Grade 6(11 years old)
Mahamaya Balika Vidyalaya Hikkaduwa Girls school
Peraliya Jinaratana Vidyalaya Hikkaduwa Mixed School
Siddharta Madya Maha Vidyalaya Balapitiya Integrated the Randombe Kanishta Vidyalaya.
Hegalle Maha Vidyalaya Balapitiya Mixed School
Martin Wickramasinghe Kanishta Vidyalaya Habaraduwa Mixed School

Target Administrative Organizations

Colombo National Disaster Management Center (NDMC)
Administrative District of Galle Planning
DS division office Ambalangoda
Galle Four Gravets

1. 5 Survey methodology

Differrent methodologies have been adopted to collect data from distinctive target groups as follows.
- Residents : Questionnaires followed completely by an interview
- School children : Questionnaires filled under the instructions of a teacher
- Government officers : Questionnaires filled independently by respondents themselves

* Interviews were conducted with school principals, head of government officers to get further clarifications on certain matters.

Interview with woman who lives in tent    
Children filling in the questionnaire

1. 6 Contents of questionnaire

* Residents: reaction at the occurrence of Tsunami, information during evacuation, knowledge about tsunami, countermeasures against natural disasters, etc.
* School children: awareness of natural disasters, knowledge about tsunami, communication within the family on natural disasters
* Teachers: curriculum to study natural disasters, educational materials
* Government officers: training/seminar for natural disasters, countermeasures against natural disasters, potential sources and information channel