Vanishing Lines

Ishara S. Kodikara | AFP | Getty Images Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, center, speaks to supporters at the prime minister's official residence in Colombo on December 16, 2018, after he was reappointed as prime minister by Sri Lanka's president, the same man who fired him from the job nearly two months ago.

Ending nine months of intense debate, Sri Lanka has relaxed construction limits along the island’s tsunami ravaged coastline with immediate effect, the government said Friday. Ending nine months of intense debate, Sri Lanka has relaxed construction limits along the island’s tsunami ravaged coastline with immediate effect, the government said Friday. The 100-200 meter buffer zone has been reduced to between 25-55 meters along the southern coastline and 100-55 meters along the north east.

Buffer zones in the districts of Colombo, Kalutara, Galle, Matara and Hambantota has been reduced up to the minimum of 35 meters in certain areas.

In the districts of Amapara, Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Jaffna, the limits have been brought down to 50 meters from 100 meters.

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