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Sri Lanka Says Donors Fail to Deliver Promised Tsunami Aid

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Sri Lanka says international donors who pledged over one billion dollars in aid to the tsunami devastated island nation have delivered only a fraction of the promised funds. Finance Secretary P.B. Jayasundara told a gathering in Colombo that two months after the disaster the government still has not been able to transform pledges into real cash. Mr. Jayasundara says the country needs 500 million dollars in reconstruction money this year alone, but so far has received less than 40 million dollars. The total reconstruction bill, to be spread over several years, is estimated at almost two billion dollars. The December 26th tsunami killed more than 30,000 people in Sri Lanka and left one million homeless.
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