President Abdulla Yameen has said 427 families who survived the devastating 2004 tsunami still require permanent housing.
During a speech on the occasion of the National Unity Day – commemorating the impact of the tsunami – Yameen pledged to provide all families with housing in the next year.
“This government will provide housing for all those who were deprived of it with the tsunami, we will do it in 2014 according to the government’s manifesto” Yameen said.
Meanwhile, the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) has said that a number of complaints were submitted to the commission by victims of the disaster in 2013. Among these were twelve cases related to damages to houses, of which five cases have been resolved.
Among them was a case involving the government asking people of Meemu Atoll Kolhufushi Island to repay the funds given for repairing damages to their houses.
The commission had also received complaints regarding lack of permanent shelter, compensation for damages caused to houses and delays in housing projects.
HRCM President Mariyam Azra has requested the government to take initiative in providing permanent shelter for those currently living in temporary shelters as soon as possible.
Speaking to the media today, commission member Dr Aly Shameem said he hopes the government works towards consolidating democracy and human rights by formulating an action plan as soon a possible.
“We haven’t seen the new government announcing any major policies to consolidate democracy and human rights yet, but the government have assured their full cooperation to the human rights commission,” Shameem said.
According to the Disaster Management Center, 242 individual victims of the disaster are still living in temporary shelters.