The Presidential Commission on the Tsunami has been holding public hearings. LIRNEasia and Vanguard Foundation gave evidence last week, 14th of July 2005. Our evidence mostly covered the content and process of the NEWS:SL report, but in addition evidence was given of our experience with the 28th of March event and the earlier difficulties we experienced with the Met Department’s fax numbers not working and e-mail addresses given to Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaai bouncing.
The Navy and the Police are being questioned on who knew what when. It looks like the Commission is pursuing an interesting line of investigation. Truly surprising was the emptiness of the media desks and indeed the chairs set apart for the public at this public hearing.
To find out about public hearing times of the Presidential Commission please call: 011-2669193 Public hearings have been scheduled for July 19 and 22, 2005.