Dengue 2018 Sri Lanka; news update

Dengue Fever is not going to go away! 2017 was a terrible year and one which showed quite clearly that the authorities did not have a grip on the disease. However there are tentative signs that dengue might be loosening its grip on Sri Lanka. So far the numbers are down on 2016. The question … Continue reading Dengue 2018 Sri Lanka; news update

Dengue count Sri Lanka: 2017; the worst year on record

Stop Press:  Dengue Cases 2017: January – December: 183.235 Total dengue cases 2016:  54,945 (2015: 29,777)  New Comment is  shown in red type So the dengue count stayed under 200,000 for 2017. However, that cannot be a cause of celebration. The total number of cases was more than 3 times 2016. Throughout 2016 Sri Lanka was … Continue reading Dengue count Sri Lanka: 2017; the worst year on record

Dengue Update: Is Sri Lanka winning the war?

Worrying trends Until recently  the number of reported dengue cases in Sri Lanka has been increasing at an alarming rate; this chart only goes up to 2013. The upward trend is steep especially when you add in the 2014 figure: 47502! Of those cases by far the majority were reported in Western Province (the most densely … Continue reading Dengue Update: Is Sri Lanka winning the war?

Has Colombo solved its garbage problem?

Despite a number of concerns, ( check out my earlier blog for details ) the proposed development of a sanitary landfill site at Aruwakkalu close to Puttalam up on the west coast is going ahead and Colombo will have a short term solution at least to its garbage problem. The site at Aruwakkalu ( a disused limestone … Continue reading Has Colombo solved its garbage problem?

Fieldwork in Sri Lanka

photo: Hinimama; a local farmer on the edge of Uduwalawe national park Sri Lanka is a unique place to visit for A level field work in Geography, Development Studies and Environmental Studies, even History and Archaeology There is so much to see and do. Possible topic areas you can get a clue from the range … Continue reading Fieldwork in Sri Lanka

List of articles

This is the full list of articles arranged in groups: Physical Geography Earthquakes in Sri lanka: could they happen Waldringfield UK : a community led flood protection project first of its kind project in the UK includes an interview with a member of the Waldringfield Flood Defence Group Colombo Floods 2016 part one Colombo floods part … Continue reading List of articles

Welcome to Geo Sri Lanka: case studies for A level geographers

Until recently South Asia has been a neglected are for study; but, it is a rich area for study geographically and,  just as importantly, offers new material for students. As a teacher I was always on the lookout  for new case studies and as an examiner it was always refreshing to see centres moving away from … Continue reading Welcome to Geo Sri Lanka: case studies for A level geographers

Sisters doing it for themselves: a Sri Lankan success story

  Case Study: women and the development process When it comes to defining development I am not a great fan of using economic indicators like GDP,  or,  in fact any indicators which are used in isolation. To me development indicators just seem to be convenient hooks on which to hang some figures or construct tables in order … Continue reading Sisters doing it for themselves: a Sri Lankan success story

Sri Lanka Tourism: Paradise Lost?

Tourism hot spot? Maybe not Recent reports of violence and sexual assault in Mirissa on Sri Lanka’s south coast have spread and the word is that Sri Lanka is not a safe place to visit, especially for young women. Indeed  a culture of violence and harassment towards women in general  is becoming endemic according to this article … Continue reading Sri Lanka Tourism: Paradise Lost?