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South Asia Tsunami Recovery: The World Bank Reponds

Updated: November 4, 2005

India, the Maldives, and Sri Lanka took the brunt of the tsunami disaster in South Asia. In each country, the World Bank tailored its assistance, in partnership with other donors, to respond with financial and technical support.

Learn more about recovery in:  single blue arrow India, single blue arrow the Maldives, and single blue arrow Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: An Enormous Task But Signs of Progress


October 2005—Sri Lankan families affected by last December's tsunami have received up to three installments of cash grants worth US$50 each, with another installment on the way soon.
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Maldives: Tackling a Budget Crisis


October 2005—The World Bank is set to increase support for the Maldives, a country now struggling to pay for its teachers and other civil servants, in the wake of the tsunami and rising oil prices.
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News and Events - South Asia Tsunami Recovery
Jun. 15, 2005 India: Rebuilding in Tamil Nadu (Feature Story)
Jun. 2, 2005 Snapshots of the Road to Reconstruction in Sri Lanka (Feature Story)
Jun. 23, 2005 World Bank Committed to Rebuilding Tsunami Devastated Region (News Release)
Jun. 17, 2005 India: Weighing the Options in Tamil Nadu(Feature Story)
May 16-17 2005 Sri Lanka Development Forum 2005  (Event)
May 12, 2005 World Bank and ADB Sign Agreements with India to Support Emergency Reconstruction of Tsunami Hit Areas (News Release)
May 3, 2005 India: World Bank to Support Emergency Reconstruction in Tsunami-Hit Areas (News Release)
Mar. 17, 2005 Maldives: World Bank Supports Tsunami Recovery Efforts (News Release)
Mar. 14, 2005 India: Tsunami Reconstruction To Cost $1.2 Billion, Says World Bank-ADB-UN Joint Assessment Report (News Release)
Feb. 24, 2005 World Bank Support To Sri Lanka’s Tsunami Recovery Reaches US$150 Million  (News Release)
Feb. 14, 2005  Maldives Needs US$304 Million For Tsunami Recovery And Reconstruction (News Release)
Feb. 4, 2005 Resilient Communities in India Rebuild in the Wake of the Tsunami (News Release)
Feb. 2, 2005 Sri Lanka Needs US$1.5 billion for Tsunami Recovery and Reconstruction (News Release)

Feb. 2, 2005 Priority Given to Quick Action (Feature Story)

iconaudioAUDIO: Tsunami Coordinator, Alastair McKechnie Talks about Immediate Assistance and Short-term Goals (8:52 min.)

Feb. 2, 2005 Tsunami Countries: World Bank Supports Transition from Relief to Reconstruction for Countries Hit by Tsunami Disaster (News Release)
Jan. 28, 2005 The United Nations Response to the Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami (Speech)
Jan. 12, 2005 Transcript of News Conference on Tsunami Recovery Efforts with World Bank President James Wolfensohn (News Release)
Jan. 12, 2005 Sri Lanka: ADB, JBIC, World Bank to Visit Tsunami Affected North East (press release, Jan. 12, 2005) (News Release)

Jan. 8, 2005 World Bank President James Wolfensohn Visits Sri Lanka Disaster-Affected Areas, Promises Full Support (News Release)

iconaudioAUDIO: Press Conference (realaudio) 

Listen: Full press conference    (23 min)
Listen: Press conference opening remarks  (4 min)

Listen: Wolfensohn on the importance of local considerations for aid  (2:36 min)

Listen: Wolfensohn discusses levels and sources of funding  (2min)

Listen: Wolfensohn explains the Bank's commitment to capacity building (1:13 min)

Jan. 6, 2005 World Bank President Addresses Asean Leaders’ Meeting on Aftermath of Earthquake and Tsunami (News Release)
Jan. 3, 2005 World Bank President to Attend ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting on Tsunami Disaster, Visit Stricken Areas (News Release)

Dec. 30, 2004 World Bank Commits $250 Million for Tsunami-Affected Countries (News Release)
Dec. 30, 2004   iconaudioAUDIO: Interview with World Bank Vice President for South Asia, Praful Patel

Listen: Financial assistance (1 min - .mp3)

Listen: Assessing needs(23 sec - .mp3)

Dec. 30, 2004 Video Clip VIDEO: Interview with World Bank Chief Economist for South Asia Shanta Devarajan

Watch: Immediate assistance

Dec. 27, 2004 A statement from World Bank President James Wolfensohn (News Release)



 Questions & Answers

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India - Tsunami Q & A

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Maldives - Tsunami Q & A

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Sri Lanka - Tsunami Q & A

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General - Tsunami Q & A



India: Emergency Tsunami Reconstruction Project Apr. 2005


India: Reconstruction Needs Assessment Mar. 2005


Maldives: Reconstruction and Needs Assessment Feb. 2005


Sri Lanka: Needs Assessment


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