Top UN officials to meet local lawmakers to set up a team on disaster preparedness.

Top officials of the United Nations will tour tsunami hit Asia, also meeting local lawmakers to help set up a select committee on disaster preparedness. Top officials of the United Nations will tour tsunami hit Asia, also meeting local lawmakers to help set up a select committee on disaster preparedness.

Sri Lanka has asked for United National Development Program (UNDP) help to set up a team that can oversee disaster prevention issues and help establish an effective warning system.

UN Assistant Secretary General Hafiz Pasha will also take stock of rehabilitation work on the ground on his visit and on what more needs to be done seven weeks after the tsunami.

Pasha is also Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific region, will make a two week sweep through the region.

“Of utmost importance to us is helping communities get their lives back on track,” Mr. Pasha says. “We want to help restore incomes to families, ranging from provision of boats and nets to fishermen, to cash for work projects.

UNDP is providing resources for local communities through small-scale cash-for-work initiatives to restore minor infrastruct