Slow Pace

Reconstruction of tsunami-hit infrastructure and homes along Sri Lanka’s ravaged coast has been delayed because pledged donor aid is only trickling in and relief agencies are still discussing plans, the government says. Reconstruction of tsunami-hit infrastructure and homes along Sri Lanka’s ravaged coast has been delayed because pledged donor aid is only trickling in and relief agencies are still discussing plans, the government says. Sri Lanka estimates it will cost around $1.8 billion to rebuild roads, hospitals, schools and houses flattened by December’s tsunami, and thousands of displaced are increasingly frustrated at the prospect of months more living in tents.

A draft rebuilding plan released in January is still awaiting final approval by donors.

“If we did what we wanted to do, we would have probably got the plan out (by now),” Mano Tittawella, chairman of the government’s Taskforce for Rebuilding the Nation, told reporters late on Tuesday.

“It’s (the) flip side of consultation,” he added. “We are now (at) the stage for the reconstruction to begin.”

More than 500,000 people are still displaced following the tsunami, which killed around 40,000 people along the Indian Ocean island’s