The government said the responsibility and understanding led to accelerating the relief work.
Sri Lankans faced the natural calamity three years ago, in the morning of 26th December. The tsunami had a severe impact on coastal areas of 13 districts. 30 thousand people lost their lives. 562,601 were rendered homeless. 117,372 houses were destroyed. Although the construction of over 100 years was immediately destroyed, it was not an easy task to rebuild them within a period of three years. The government accepted this challenge despite many problems. NGOs extended support, in addition to the people of other areas. The government implemented many programmes to normalise the lives of the affected people in a short period
The people are reaping the benefits of the housing programmes of the government in Southern, Eastern, Northern, South Western and North Western Areas.
President advises to provide houses for all tsunami survivors
The Ministry of Nation Building says 8865 displaced families are living in the welfare camps.
The President has advised the provision of houses for all by the beginning of next year. In addition, the government is giving its maximum consideration to providing work for those who lost their livelihoods. Eighty percent of the people were found employment with the assistance of the international community and the participation of NGOs.
The government has taken measures to create a suitable background to face another calamity of this magnitude while carrying out the reconstructions. The Disaster Management Ministry and the Disaster Relief Ministry were set up for this purpose. Hi-tech equipment that issues tsunami warnings had been installed. The public appreciate the government`s programme to protect the people in view of the past experience amidst many challenges.