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India Announces Aid Package for Tsunami Survivors

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India's government has announced a 600-million-dollar reconstruction package for survivors of the deadly tsunami. The government says nearly 40 percent of the funds will go towards helping fishing communities in four southeastern states hard hit by the disaster. It also plans to build more than 150 thousand houses for families whose homes were destroyed by the giant waves. New Delhi says it will soon announce a similar package for the devastated Andaman and Nicobar Islands. India has refused direct help from foreign governments, but says it may seek assistance from international financial institutions. The government puts the overall cost of reconstruction at nearly two billion dollars.
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