The island seems to oscillate between major drought to severe floods and landslides with increased frequency. And the Sri Lankan Government's poor record with respect to planning, preparedness, early warning systems, and crisis management in these situations is worrying.
Life on the island doesn't get more frightening than being on the sharp end of natural disasters and Sri Lanka has certainly had more than its fair share. But as much as there are challenges in the face of these natural disasters, the resilience and generosity of the island's inhabitants is amazing to witness.
Earlier this year, a local friend living up near Kegalle shared a prediction she had heard from a third party regarding possible floods, landslides and potential dam bursts in late May 2017. I was shocked when this prediction came true on the predicted dates for this current tragedy.