Another registration system for tsunami victims

The Sri Lankan government is to set up another registration system for tsunami victims at the cost of US$ 1.2 million, to track aid delivery better. The Sri Lankan government is to set up another registration system for tsunami victims at the cost of US$ 1.2 million, to track aid delivery better. The computerised centres will be located in Presidential and district secretariats to register and collect data on the nearly one million tsunami affected people in Sri Lanka.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) that helped set up similar systems in Iraq, Sudan and Afghanistan, is assisting the project.

“The database will help identify the needs of tsunami affected individuals on a case by case basis to ensure people receive the assistance they need and avoid wasteful duplication,” said a statement from the IOM on Friday.

Eight months after the tsunami, the IOM says it is still not too late to register affected populations as permanent housing and livelihood rehabilitation programmes are still at initial stages.

The tsunami destroyed more than 77,000 homes in Sri Lanka and left an estimated 275,000 people unemploye