Faculty of Medicine, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Introduction-Why a course for disaster management. Sri Lanka has faced many natural and man made disasters.Damage caused by the tsunami in 2004 could have been minimised if proper disaster preparedness had been in place . Tsunami 2004. 26 December 2004 will be etched permanently in our memories. within a short period of 20 minutes;more than 30,000 people diedthousands were injured almost a million displaced.