Sri Lanka Tsunami – Not So Rosy

Sri Lanka expressed fears of disease spreading among the survivors of last week’s devastating tsunamis as floods slowed aid delivery and the death toll neared 30,000. Sri Lanka expressed fears of disease spreading among the survivors of last week’s devastating tsunamis as floods slowed aid delivery and the death toll neared 30,000. Sri Lanka, where some 1,500 US marines are due to take part in the relief drive, was one of the country’s worst affected by the massive waves which lashed Indian Ocean coastlines on December 26 killing more than 127,000 people.

“Spread of water-borne diseases is a serious concern,” government spokesman Tara de Mel told reporters here. “But deaths due to disease have not been recorded so far.”

A special UN envoy also said there were no signs of a disease outbreak, though sanitation was a concern.

“The medics on the ground said the most important concern was of sanitation and the traumatised state of victims,” Margareta Whalstrom said.

“At the moment few have access to clean drinking water in regions affected in Sri Lanka and that needs to be stepped up.”

She said there was also a need for counselling a