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Sri Lanka’s government has estimated the cost of rebuilding after last month’s devastating tsunami at $2 billion, with a bulk of the money needed for housing, fishing boats and water supply facilities. Sri Lanka’s government has estimated the cost of rebuilding after last month’s devastating tsunami at $2 billion, with a bulk of the money needed for housing, fishing boats and water supply facilities. An implementation plan has allocated $520 million for housing and new townships, $313 million for fishing boats and infrastructure for fishermen and $189 million for water supply and sanitation in coastal areas affected by the disaster.

The balance was divided between areas such as road development, rebuilding schools and hospitals, ports and electricity infrastructure.

“Townships along the coast have been destroyed or severely damaged by the tsunami. The proposed townships include 12 large towns, 20 medium towns and 30 small towns,” the implementation plan, released over the weekend, said.

The government plans to construct 90,000 temporary houses in affected districts, as well as bus terminals, recreation facilities and sewerage.

Last month’s tsunami, triggered by an ear