When the Tsunami hit the Sri Lankan coast, FSD demining teams in Sri Lanka immediately suspended demining activities and travelled to the east coast to provide emergency services for the survivors.
A few days later, FSD mobilised an additional team including a sanitation engineer, a medical doctor and several logisticians to cope with the challenges in Ampara district.
More than 100 FSD staff distributed food, built latrines, cleaned wells, helped repair fishing boats, and assessed mine threats in various villages.
This special operation was financed with funds from Swiss Solidarity. As funds available however have dried up, FSD had to cease operations in Ampara district on 28.1.2005.
Regular FSD demining activities will re-start within the next few days.
Here is a summary of achievements (a complete report will be published soon):
Transport and Logistics:
Managing food and relief items transport and distribution for 25 welfare centers with 15'000 beneficiaries
Administration and food distribution:
Management of food storage and food distribution in 18 welfare centers with 13'700 beneficiaries
Primary health care service in 9 camps to 5'429 beneficiaries with no health services.
Cleaning of wells:
Cleaning of 42 polluted wells and chlorination according WHO guidelines.
Construction of Latrines:
Water and sanitary project: building of 15 semi-permanent latrines for schools, welfare camps and churches.
Construction of Welfare Center:
Installation of one complete Welfare center in Akkaraipattu, YMCA center.
Repairing of damaged 16 fishing boats in Oluvil. 48 families are the beneficiaries.
General Mine assessment teams:
22 villages along cost visited by GMAA-teams. Collection of data regarding mine/Uxos threat, Tsunami destruction numbers of deaths and the survivors situation.
Mahdavi Nasrollah, FSD Project Manager
Panagkadu, Akkaraipattu, Amparai.
Tel .+94 (0)67 2278474, Thuraya + 88 216 5420 7020, mahdavi @ fsd.ch
Christoph Hebeisen, FSD Programme Manager Sri Lanka, mob. +94 777 679 808 and christoph @ fsd.ch
Hansjörg Eberle, FSD Geneva, mob +41 79 333 00 72 and heb @ fsd.ch