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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2737

Norway fails to keep its tsunami pledge to Sri Lanka

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 28 October, (Asiantribune.com): The Norwegian government which pledged Sri Lanka Rs. 1.4 billion for tsunami development, has so far granted only a mere Rs. 397 million, nearly two years after the catastrophe.

"It was initially decided to construct one modern school building in the southern province's Hambantota district and 29 schools in the tsunami devastated North and East provinces, apart from a lab and a sports ground. However so far only one school has been constructed in the North East," sources said.

It is also reported that the Norwegians have temporarily shelved plans of reconstructing four schools in Mullaitivu. "Work is also yet to commence on 15 other school projects in the province. And the respective non governmental organizations are yet to make even an assessment and or decide on the date to commence construction for another eight project also in the North East."

- Asian Tribune -

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