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Sri Lanka: resilience and persisting vulnerably among tsunami victims

Siri T. Hettige (Colombo)

Dienstag, 02.10.2007: 10:10-10:35 Uhr

It will soon be two years since the Tsunami disaster struck much of the coastline of Sri Lanka, killing thousands of persons and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. The overwhelming support from within and outside the country prevented a humanitarian crisis, in the affected areas. On the other hand, due to many factors, recovery process has been slow and a majority of people displaced by the disaster still live in temporary shelters. Even in the settlements where resettlement work is more or less complete, many issues remain unresolved. These include persisting sense of insecurity and vulnerability, lack of or inadequate social infrastructure, unsuitability of resettlement sites, poverty, inequality, exclusion, neglect of vulnerable groups, and the lack of community participation. The lack of community level coordination of recovery efforts is a major gap in the recovery process. These gaps could be filled only through a community based intervention programme. The paper is based on data collected through a community-based monitoring programme in a number of selected communities in the southern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka.

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