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Many Tsunami victims still languishing in shelters ........

[b]Many Tsunami victims still languishing in shelters and temporary houses - Sri Lanka President[/b]

By Mendaka Abeysekera-Reporting from Beijing

[b]Beijing,11 October.(Asiantribune.com):[/b] Nine months after the Tsunami catastrophe , Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunge seems to acquiesced that her government’s failure in providing basic necessities to the thousands Tsunami victims in the country.

During an interview with Chinese news weekly "Beijing Review" latest issue published on 6th October, Sri Lankan President stated that many Tsunami victims are still in temporary shelters and temporary houses.

This was the first time President Kumaratunga indicated that her government failed to provide basic necessities to the thousands of the victims.

"We are now in the rebuilding and reconstruction phase. Not all people whose homes were destroyed or damaged in the coastal areas are in permanent housings. Many are still in shelters and temporary housing. We are slowly but surely dealing with this problem" she said in this published interview.

President Kumaratunge also stated "We are still in the process of recovery. The worst is past, but there is still much left to do".

"The tsunami was a global disaster affecting a number of countries, not only those in the Indian Ocean area. Nationals of other countries who were in tsunami areas as visitors and tourists were also victims”.

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