Sept 11, Colombo: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will support Sri Lanka in the creation of computerized database centers to register people affected by last year's tsunami.
An agreement for this purpose has been signed between the IOM and the Sri Lankan government. Under the project, database centers will be established at the Presidential and District Secretariats to collect information on the estimated one million Sri Lankans caught up in the disaster and to track the delivery of assistance to devastated communities. The database will help to identify the needs of tsunami-affected individuals on a case-by-case basis, to ensure that people receive the assistance they need and wasteful duplication is avoided.
The President’s Secretary, W.J.S. Karunaratne, said, “The centers will speed and strengthen the delivery of relief and the implementation of reconstruction activities while smoothing the flow of vital information between national and district levels.”
The initial phase of the US$ 1.2 million project will be funded by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) and will provide data to all stakeholders involved in reconstruction with the aim of creating effective and appropriate reconstruction policies.