UAE pledges a new town in Kalmunai
[March 1, 2005 - 09.00 GMT] 

The Government of the UAE is to build a new town complete with all amenities for tsunami affected people in Kalmunai. Mr. M. M. Mohamoud Al-Mahmoud UAEís new Ambassador in Colombo conveyed his Governmentís pledge to President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday (Feb. 28) at Presidentís House.

The UAE plans to construct new houses, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure for this new town in eastern Sri Lanka.

President Kumaratunga thanked the Ambassador and the Government of the UAE for their most generous offer. She briefed Mr. Al-Mahmoud on the Governmentís policies for reconstruction and new housing plans for tsunami-hit districts.

The worst affected by the December 26 disaster was the eastern district of Ampara. Nearly 19,000 dwellings were completely destroyed, while a similar number were partially damaged. Minister Ferial Ashraff who was present at the discussions yesterday said, land and locations have been identified now and is no longer an issue. However it was a difficult task she said due to the large extents of marshy lands in the area. Several senior officials of the Urban Development Ministry and the Housing Authority were at the meting.








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