Lanka needs USD 600 million for flood damage

Sri Lanka needs at least USD 600 million for reconstruction efforts after the damage caused by two rounds of heavy flooding that killed 64 people and displace over one million people.

Colombo: Sri Lanka needs at least USD 600
million for reconstruction efforts after the damage caused by
two rounds of heavy flooding that killed 64 people and
displace over one million people, amid a lukewarm response to
a UN appeal for international aid.

Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said
the state will spend up to 33 billion rupees (USD 300 million)
to carry out urgent repairs to 50,000 homes and repair main
roads washed away by the floods.

"We will spend 33 billion (SLR) out of government
money", Amaraweera said.

An equal amount will have to come from the private
individuals for reconstruction efforts from the unprecedented
two rounds of heavy flooding that killed 64 people and
displaced 1.2 million people.

A large number of those displaced were those who had
only recently been resettled after decades of ethnic conflict
between Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces that ended in
May 2009.

Amaraweera said the loss of rice crop was estimated at
another SLR 13 billion and expressed fears that the government
may not be able to fully compensate farmers for their losses
in January and February.

Meanwhile, a UN appeal for USD 51 million for
immediate relief work has had a lukewarm response with only
about a fifth of the money flowing in, official figures
showed.

UN officials said they planned to issue a fresh appeal
for more international help.

PTI

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