Of all communities, the Muslims had been most successful in managing the losses caused by the Tsunami mainly due to the leadership provided by the Mosque in tsunami rehabilitation work, a research conducted by the Peradeniya University has revealed.
Prof. H. M. D. R. Herath, of the Psychology Department, said that the research revealed that the lead role played by the mosque had helped in the proper distribution of tsunami relief and allocation of new houses among the affected Muslims. This had minimized the misappropriation of aid distribution.
The Professor said that in Hambantota the mosque had taken a remarkable measure in arranging marriages for women who lost their spouses in the tsunami.
He said that about 75 per cent of such families in the Hambantota area had been `re-married` for the benefit of the children of both parties through the mediation of the mosque.