Clinton in Sri Lanka for tsunami recovery tour

The United Nations special envoy for tsunami recovery, former US president Bill Clinton, arrived in Sri Lanka to inspect reconstruction efforts in the island nation, UN officials said. The United Nations special envoy for tsunami recovery, former US president Bill Clinton, arrived in Sri Lanka to inspect reconstruction efforts in the island nation, UN officials said. Clinton was expected to travel to the island’s northeastern town of Kinniya on Wednesday to meet with a local community affected by the December 26 disaster, the officials said.

Clinton was scheduled to leave Sri Lanka on Wednesday for Indonesia on a similar mission to focus on shelter concerns, restoring livelihoods and the role of the private sector in the recovery effort, the officials said.

More than 31,000 people were killed and a million displaced by the giant waves in Sri Lanka. Most of the survivors had been provided with temporary shelter, but the disbursement of aid has been slow. – AFP

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