Thousands of survivors sought refuge in temples after the tsunami. In Ahangama, as elsewhere, providing food and shelter was a great challenge to religious and community leaders.
Chief priest the Reverend Rakava Assaji Thero of the Buddhist temple in Ahangama provided shelter, food, and guidance to more than 1,000 survivors with little assistance.
The role of community leaders has been instrumental in helping rebuild after last year’s tsunami. Consultation with them and with the wider community has been one of the guiding principles of the reconstruction efforts.
Recommendations from community leaders to improve disaster preparedness in coastal areas have been compiled in a report. They include information campaigns and improving communications between government agencies and community groups.