Temporary housing units tops near 30,000 mark by May 25
The number of temporary housing units constructed under the
Transitional Accommodation Project (TAP) for tsunami victims in all
affected districts has totalled 29, 796 up to May 25, according to
statistics gathered by the TAP, head office Jawatte Road, Colombo.
The number of houses under construction is 9,273 which are expected
to be completed by May end bringing the total to nearly 40,000, a
Public Security, Law and Order Ministry Secretary and Essential
Services Commissioner General Tilak Ranaviraja, in charge of co-ordinating
activities under the project said though they had originally earmarked a
target of 33,000 to be completed by May end the number would increase
slightly in certain districts.
These temporary housing units have been constructed with assistance
and support of local and international non-governmental organisations
and UN Agencies. Each house is of floor area of 200 square feet and
afford much better accommodation than in tents in which the affected
families have been living since the disaster.
These temporary housing units are provided till they are provided
with permanent housing under a special program carried out by TAFFREN.
Ranaviraja said they were grateful to the non-governmental
organisations including the United Nations High Commission for Refugees
(UNHCR) and the International Organisation of Migrants (IOM) who played
the role of lead agencies in many districts, for their support and
commitment in carrying forward the work lessening the burden on the
families specially before the monsoon rains set in.
Other organisations which played lead roles in the District were ZOA,
GOAL, GTZ, CARITAS and Seva Lanka assisted by 30 other NGOs.