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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2526

UNDP constructs over 200 houses for the tsunami victims of Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 20 May, ( Asianttribune.com):The United Nations Development Programme [UNDP] said that it has planned to handover 236 housing units for the tsunami victims who lost their houses in the 2004 Asian tsunami.

UNDP spokesman Sanaka Samarasinha says these houses have been built in Galle, Moratuwa, Kuchchaveli and Point Pedro.The total expenditure exceeds US$ four million.

The UNDP spokesman further said that the housing units are still under construction and the UNDP hopes to handover these units to recipients by the end of June, this year.

The project also covers to repair another 181 partly damaged houses and the project includes the construction of another three apartment blocks in Galle.

He said that all houses have modern facilities and the house owners have been assisted to construct the houses by themselves.

According to the data available, the tsunami has displaced over 50,000 families.

Most of victims said that they are still in camps and temporary shelters due to the non-availability of houses. However most of the NGOs and international donors have constructed a number of houses in various areas to assist them.

Meanwhile, the UNDP and the private sector have begun their micro-credit assistance project at Nonawella, Matara to assist 60 women entrepreneurs.

Mr.Samarasinha said the UNDP would disburse their second financial allocations within next week.

The loan scheme has been initiated to provide credit, marketing assistance and the necessary training for these entrepreneurs.

The UNDP hopes to disburse over Rupees 800,000 for these entrepreneurs.

According to the UNDP spokesman, these entrepreneurs are now engaged in handicraft sector.

- Asian Tribune -

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