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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. 

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Tsunami survivors still in tents

Daily Mirror: 20/12/2005"

Although one year has elapsed since the tsunami disaster hit the country -about 28 families at Boosa and Pitiwella near Galle, are still occupying dilapidated tents in a temple garden.They are struggling for existence against different odds in decayed tents covered with polythene and cadjans without any attention from the relevant authorities.

An occupant of a tent G.G.Nimal said" My wife was killed in the disaster. However I managed to save my child. My house, shop and other property were swept by the waves.

We have been confined to tents that are decayed and leaking during rains for the last one-year of the disaster. There isn't a single person to look into our misery. We have not received any help from the government excluding the relief allowance of Rs. 5000 and the dry ration. I could have started my boutique if I had money" "My sister and her daughter, my grand mother, and my aunty were killed and my house destroyed in the disaster. I am a fisherman who had two catamarans and fishing gear.

We lost all our property and today we are in destitute. Our tents are in a dilapidated condition and the toilets are overflowing.

We got one of them cleaned at our own expense. We are compelled to use the public well, although the PHI has advised us not to use it." said another tsunami survivor Saman Manawaduge. R.G.Thanuja said, " The tents here are decayed and leaking. We are facing the danger of venomous snakes that glide into the tents at night.

Our request is for at least temporary houses, if not permanent houses"

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