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Sri Lanka will bring in new laws next year to set up a new Reconstruction and Development Authority to speed up rebuilding efforts in tsunami-hit areas, officials said. Sri Lanka will bring in new laws next year to set up a new Reconstruction and Development Authority to speed up rebuilding efforts in tsunami-hit areas, officials said. The new authority will amalgamate four tsunami reconstruction bodies, to cut delays in disbursing billions of dollars in aid, Media Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa told reporters on Thursday.

Tsunami-hit Sri Lanka is still battling corruption and inefficiencies to distribute US$ 3.2 billions of aid pledged, the country’s auditor general said in a recent report.

Aid donors have committed US$ 1.6 billion todate, but disbursed only US$ 742.8 million, according to data published on the government’s Taskforce for rebuilding the nation or Tafren.

In a report tabled in parliament, Auditor General Sarath Mayadunne said there were practical delays in setting up accounting and administrative systems. The continuous delays continue to cost millions of dollars.

Mayadunne pointed out monthly aid was given out to almost 15,0