Wilpattu and Social Media

Wilpattu and Social Media

How are the social media campaigns for Wilpattu faring so far? Wilpattu is a beautiful national park in Sri Lanka that has been the home to many different species of flora and fauna until recently where it faced a massive threat of complete deforestation followed by deaths of the animals who had made this their natural habitat. Minster Rishard Badiudeen has been the centre of focus, controversy and allegations with regards to the matter for some time now. Even two years ago, in 2015, there were summons on the minister…

The Dengue Epidemic

The Dengue Epidemic

What Sri Lanka is doing wrong According to the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health, the dengue statistics for 2017 in the island are as follows: Suspected cases in the last 06 months – 63,987 Cases reported from Western Province – 42.62% approximately Highest number of cases reported – During the 20th week of 2017 The dengue fever has now reached epidemic levels in Sri Lanka. Major public sector hospitals are struggling to accommodate the influx of patients. Even though the hospitals have enough medication, there is no space…

Social Media and The Sri Lankan Forces

Social Media and The Sri Lankan Forces

A look at the usage of Facebook by the Sri Lankan armed forces. The recent flooding in Sri Lanka pushed us to look into the method in which this was handled by the relevant authorities, with social media as a focus. The fact that many instances where social media could have been used to better the management of the crisis were overlooked, was observed. Here is what we found out about the use of social media by the military forces of Sri Lanka in comparison to some of our neighbouring…

Social Media for Disaster Management

Social Media for Disaster Management

A Comparison The recent flooding in Sri Lanka and the manner in which it was dealt with, pushed us to analyse the manners in which other countries, especially Asian countries, had dealt with similar situations before, along with how social media was used for the process. So here’s what we found out. Nepal Earthquake 2015 Let’s take a quick look at some of the biggest disasters that were experienced by other countries. A good example to start off with would be the unprecedented earthquake that hit Nepal on the 25th…

Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media News Update 05/06/2017

Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media News Update 05/06/2017

Here’s our latest social media update on the trending new last week in Sri Lanka and around the world. This week our team wrote about: Our Blogs Flood Relief Sri Lanka 2017 – An in-depth look at the flood relief system in Sri Lanka and the role of social media in it. Did the authorities get it right? Did help reach the affected quickly and correctly? What could we have done better? What Went Viral in Sri Lanka? Flooding in Sri Lanka Heavy rains and winds caused flooding in almost…