Sri Lanka

Fida International assistance to tsunami victims in Sri Lanka

Generous donations have constantly been rolling in from concerned (primarily) Finnish individuals and Finland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Together with our International and local partners, Fida and Partners are committed towards rebuild the livelihoods of tsunami victims with a minimum of €1.8 million. The Initial 3 weeks of emergency food and basic relief items brought assistance to a minimum of 12,500 tsunami victims in Sri Lanka.

With Government estimates of damages as high as US$1.5 billion, 48 countries have met and pledged to assist Sri Lanka, while aid in cash and kind worth US$ 91,452,979 are reported to have already poured into the country. Many victims are living with anticipation towards the future, while others are struggling with the uncertain promises of assistance, be it: food, cooking supplies, fishing boats, nets, lost livelihoods, schools, homes etc... will it evolve? Home towns of influential people are being cleaned at a steady pace, while others just getting a trickle of assistance, so patients in running thin while some wait for the fulfilment of promises assistance. During the next 5 months, Fida International, together with its International and local partners AGC-Relief, are committed to bring direct assistance to a further 7,000 direct beneficiaries, at this stage, but project beneficiary numbers are expected to increase in the coming month.Plans are in place to continue with and basic supplies for the next 3 months, a one off "Set up Pack" of cooking items, utensils, mats etc..., and temporary and permanent housing. Additional services that are taking place and will continue to do so is the cleaning up and repair of wells, trauma care - counselling and planning together to help rebuild lost livelihoods.

Further assistance will be needed with the supply of fishing boats and nets that were damaged beyond repair, plus a vast number of destroyed small been destroyed in the far north alone, and the national figure of 23,700 boats/crafts destroyed.

Only after homes are built and livelihoods restored, we can say that life has returned to a state of "normality". together we can help build a brighter future for the neediest tsunami victims in Sri Lanka.

SRI LANKA TSUNAMI SITUATION REPORT
Deaths:
30,718
Missing:
4,939
Injured:
14,573
Displaced:
548,820
DAMAGED HOUSES
Completely:
85,833
Partially:
21,048
ADDITIONAL DATA
Camps:
592
Displaced Families: About:
105,513
Damaged Health Centres:
70
Destroyed Schools:
25
Damaged Schools:
161

For more information contact our Area Coordinator, Mika Jokivuori, mobile phone +91 98211 41743 or email mika.jokivuori@fidadevelopment.fi, or additional info on Fida relief and development work, visit: www.fidadevelopment.fi