Sri Lanka Tsunami – Aid Drip

Initial WHO estimates say that Sri Lanka will need US$ 20 mn to meet immediate health needs over the next three months, in all districts affected by last month’s tsunami. Initial WHO estimates say that Sri Lanka will need US$ 20 mn to meet immediate health needs over the next three months, in all districts affected by last month’s tsunami. In Sri Lanka, the World Health Organization is leading health efforts on the ground, with teams deployed to affected coastal districts for a rapid assessment of the damage

“For the first two weeks we estimate that each affected district in Sri Lanka will need about US$ 55,000 to US$ 75,000 to cope with disease prevention,” Country Representative for the WHO in Sri Lanka, Dr. Kan Tun said on Saturday.

“For long term restoration, we will need funds in a big way. We are talking about US$ 20 mn for the first three month period and we are exploring many commitments that have come from abroad to raise that.”

More detailed estimates as to long term needs to rehabilitate damaged health infrastructure including hospitals, is still being carried out by the government.

The next few weeks have been seen as critical to preventing