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A group of Sri Lankan fishermen affected by last year's tsunami devastation staged a protest here Monday calling for a proper plan to bring relief to them.
Members of the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement say that despite various pledges of international assistance in the immediate aftermath of the Dec 26 disaster no proper action was taken to bring relief to the victims.
"After seven months of the disaster, according to the government's own figures over 90,000 people are still living in temporary camps and another 400,000 are believed to be living with relatives," said Herman Kumara, a member.
Kumara said the government had focused its attention on other areas such as building super highways instead of looking after the welfare of the tsunami victims.
"The government, in its plans for modern towns, has paid very little attention to the problems of the victims. Various non- governmental organisations have built around 80,000 homes for the victims, hence we have to question the need to build modern towns. This is to cater to people other than the tsunami victims," Kumara charged.
Sri Lanka suffered extensive damage in the Dec 26 tragedy which destroyed two thirds of the coastline and left around 30,000 dead.