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Tsunami disaster – countries in crisis

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Tsunami two year update
Videos and stories highlighting UNICEF's continuing effort to help rebuild children’s lives in Sri Lanka.

Two disparate tales of post-tsunami reconstruction in Sri Lanka
KIRINDA and TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka, December 2006 – In 2004, the fishing village of Kirinda was devastated by the tsunami. Some 78 people were killed, including the parents and older sister of 16-year-old Farouk Mohammad Riaz.

A new school means new hope in tsunami-stricken Hambantota, Sri Lanka
HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka, December 2006 – The wave of destruction that swept through Hambantota – a town known for its fishing industry on Sri Lanka’s south coast – is still visible two years later.

Sri Lanka: Starting over after the tsunami – one young man’s story
KINNIYA, Sri Lanka, December 2005 – “My name is Mohamed. I’m 14 and I live in Kinniya in Sri Lanka. In the morning I get up and go to the local school. My best subject is health science, and I want to study biology and become a doctor.

Sri Lanka: Focus of tsunami recovery is shifting to ‘bricks-and-mortar’ reconstruction
TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka, December 2005 – “Hundreds of thousands of families had to flee their homes and the areas where they lived. Schools were being used as camps to house all these displaced people. Children couldn’t get back into a lot of the essential services they needed, like schools, like hospitals. All of this was destroyed along with their homes. Documents were washed away. People were just left with nothing." says UNICEF Communication Officer in Sri Lanka Geoff Keele.

Sri Lanka: After the tsunami, rising birth rate brings challenges
TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka, December 2005 – Aruentathy, 30, sits at the door of her temporary house, nursing her one-day-old girl, both weary after the ordeal of birth. Her sister Vickneaswary, 28 and seven months pregnant, is by her side, ready to help if needed.

Sri Lanka: Psychosocial programmes help children heal and make friends
TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka, December 2005,  - While their lives have taken many similar turns, it took a natural disaster for Rosinda, 11, and Ashar, 14, to become friends.




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