When hundreds of thousands of tsunami survivors lost homes and livelihoods in the Indian fishing villages of Cuddalore, no proof of ownership made compensation difficult.
Lists of goods and houses lost were drawn up and endorsed by community members. Most boats, nets and engines have been replaced. 55,000 families are moving into newly built houses.
• Detailed consultations were held and participation was the watchword
• Lists of those eligible for compensation were distributed to seek objections
• Wishes of communities were treated as paramount
As houses are rebuilt, World Bank funds are financing the provision of civic amenities and the reconstruction of schools, dispensaries, etc. in the new settlements.