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Serving Sri Lanka

This web log is a news and views blog. The primary aim is to provide an avenue for the expression and collection of ideas on sustainable, fair, and just, grassroot level development. Some of the topics that the blog will specifically address are: poverty reduction, rural development, educational issues, social empowerment, post-Tsunami relief and reconstruction, livelihood development, environmental conservation and bio-diversity. 

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Signs of renewal scarce along Sri Lankan coast

Signs of renewal scarce along Sri Lankan coast / Only flickers of hope on Buddhist holiday: "On the beach in Sainthamaruthu, an engineer from the Ministry of Fisheries, 23-year-old Ajith Frances, oversees a team of boat workers from Colombo, who are salvaging what they can of the local fishing fleet. The tsunami struck Sainthamaruthu's 240 fishing boats as they lay beached, on blocks, waiting out the rough winter weather. Boats were flung hundreds of feet inland, smashing into collapsing brick houses. 'About 50 are in condition to be repaired,' said Ajith Frances, who arrived when the village's narrow streets were still clogged with the bodies of about 500 residents. Under a tarp affording some protection from the tropical midday sun, workers lay fiberglass fabric onto the side of the Nail Marine, fixing the fabric in place with resin. S.M. Subayeer hopes his blue fishing boat can be salvaged; his two other boats are beyond repair. It will cost $15,000 to do the job, an enormous sum here. Refloating the fishing fleet is a top Sri Lankan government priority."

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