Vinod Moonesinghe

Sri Lanka: Tsunami Reconstruction Built on Weak Foundations

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Despite much talk of reconstruction since the Boxing Day tsunami ravaged the coastline of Sri Lanka, ordinary people still find themselves in a precarious position and fear for the future.

The biggest problem is housing. Even before the tsunami, there was a shortage of over half a million houses throughout the country, and to this must be added the needs of the 800,000 people who became homeless on Boxing Day. There seems to be very little sign of the large-scale housing projects that were announced in mid-January. Foundation stones have been laid for several housing schemes, but no further work has been done except in a very few areas.

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