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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 110

Red Cross provides US$ 25 million to build 10,000 permanent

[b]Red Cross provides US$ 25 million to build 10,000 permanent houses for Tsunami affected families [/b]

[b] Colombo, 24 December,([/b] Red Cross has come forward to grant US$ 25 million for the construction of 10,000 permanent houses for the Tsunami affected families whose homes were either destroyed completely or partially destroyed.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Friday between the Government of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Federation) and the International Development Association (IDA). The MoU marks the beginning of a collaboration under which the Red Cross will commit $US 25 million towards the construction of a further 10,000 permanent houses for tsunami affected families.

Following revisions made by the Government in November regarding the buffer zone, an estimated 10,000 families may now opt to return to reconstruct their homes in areas where reconstruction of private homes had previously been restricted.

To meet this new demand, the funds provided by the Red Cross will be contributed to Phase 2 of the Government’s existing Owner Driven Housing Programme (ODHP). The scheme finances on site, home owner driven housing construction through commercial banks.

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