Tsunami report identifies recovery aid failures in India and Sri Lanka

‘Lessons from Tsunami Recovery in Sri Lanka and India’ described as a ‘large and wide-ranging study of post-tsunami recovery’ by researchers from Monash and RMIT universities in Melbourne, Australia, has been released.

The report identifies ‘serious shortcomings in how international aid agencies dealt with local groups, leaving them poorly equipped to manage with long-term recovery efforts. The researchers say they’re already seeing many of the mistakes repeated in the wake of more recent natural disasters, with worrying consequences’, reports ABC Radio Australia.

Radio Australia transcript with audio link

Lessons from Tsunami Recovery in Sri Lanka and India – pdf file


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  2. The killer waves that struck on Dec 26 left 170 dead in Kerala. The Kerala government set up a committee to formulate a comprehensive insurance scheme for the tsunami-ravaged fishing community, with the government paying most of the premium.
    World Bank President James D. Wolfensohn says the bank will support the Sri Lankan government in "a fast, transparent and effective way" to assist the tsunami-hit communities to rebuild their homes. The bank has reserved about $100 million for post-tsunami rebuilding in Sri Lanka from existing projects.
    Donations by the British public for aid to the tsunami-affected have crossed the 100 million pounds mark that includes large donations by individuals and companies.
    1) Clothing tycoon Richard Caring has made a personal donation of one million pounds.
    2) Philip Green has donated 100,000 pounds to Flood Aid.
    3) Matalan gave 150,000 pounds.
    4) John Hargreaves made a personal donation of $300,000 split between Sri Lanka, India and Thailand.
    5) The Hilton and Community Foundation, the charitable arm of the Hilton hotel group, gave 100,000 pounds while the sports chain JJB Sports donated 50,000 pounds.
    6) Customers at Debenhams have so far given 125,212 pounds via collecting boxes in the stores, while TV station five, formerly Channel 5, gave a large undisclosed sum.
    7) The Kingly Club in London is donating 20 per cent of its takings for cocktail sales.


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