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Sri Lanka’s main tsunami relief agency today claimed progress in building “transitional shelter,” but their figures showed that at least 11,500 houses had disappeared in June. Sri Lanka’s main tsunami relief agency today claimed progress in building “transitional shelter,” but their figures showed that at least 11,500 houses had disappeared in June. The Task Force For Relief (TAFOR) said that 46,500 transitional homes were completed by the end of May. However, another press release issued at the same venue said only 35,000 homes had been completed by the end of June.

This leaves a question mark over what happened to 11,500 homes between May and June.

Whether these 11,500 homes collapsed during June after being completed by TAFOR by the end of May or were dismantled to make way for permanent housing is not clear.

Even the minimum standards for housing was in doubt, going by the papers distributed at what was billed as a “media briefing” on post tsunami recovery and completion of transitional housing.

A TAFOR statement said that houses were built to meet a minimum requirement of 400 square feet in each. But the UNHCR statement, given in the same folder tog