In Sri Lanka, the goal is to build or repair around 100,000 houses for nearly half a million people left homeless by the tsunami. This is a colossal task for a country which must also rebuild public infrastructure like hospitals and schools.
As of November 2005, some 10,000 houses have been rebuilt or repaired. Reconstruction of about 55,000 houses has started.
• Move people from emergency to transitional shelters. Some 53,000 transitional units have been made available by the government
• Relocate people living too close to the sea, in the "buffer zone," to new areas
• Implement a separate program to help owners of damaged houses
At present, 22,000 families still don’t know where their new houses will be located. The hope is that early in the New Year all those affected will know where their houses will be built or will already be living there.