The World Bank’s support to the Government of Sri Lanka directly after the tsunami of December 26, 2004 was to mitigate the immediate suffering; assist people to regain their livelihoods; restore basic services to the affected population; and initiate the recovery and reconstruction process.
Total World Bank Commitment: US$150 million
- Owner-Driven Housing Program: US$65 million
- Livelihood Support: US$34 million
- Roads: US$34 million
- Health: US$8 million
- Capacity Building: US$5 million
- Contingency: US$4 million
Disbursed as of December 18, 2006: US$116 million
Sri Lanka has made satisfactory progress to regain normalcy, albeit hindered by the escalation of the 20 year-old conflict with an uncertain security environment hampering reconstruction efforts in the North and East. On the positive side, the relaxing of the "no construction Buffer Zone" made it possible for more people to reconstruct or rebuild houses in their earlier occupied land. Read more about the World Bank Assistance to Sri Lanka
The World Bank's Chulie de Silva visited tsunami survivors a year ago to see how they were moving on with their lives. Now, as the two-year mark of the tsunami approaches, she revisits some of the survivors she interviewed a year ago.
- Salzburg Village in Galle, Sri Lanka
- "Back to Business" Café in Telwatte, Sri Lanka
- Getting on with Life in Godagama, Sri Lanka
- A Fishing Village Recuperates, Sri Lanka
Derana Community Development Foundation, a youth managed NGO in Waskaduwa in the South of Sri Lanka, builds capacity and management skills of youth in the tsunami affected area of Kalutara district to help them to regain livelihoods lost after the tsunami. In 2006, the World Bank’s Small Grants Program gave funding to this NGO to rehabilitate Kalutara's coastline: Youth Helps Protect Tsunami Damaged Coast in Sri Lanka