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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