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Masterton returns to scene of Sri Lanka's devastation

ICE news

ICE president Gordon Masterton will return to Sri Lanka this week to pay tribute to the Sri Lankan ICE and check on the progress of rebuilding work following the 2004 tsunami.

The trip coincides with the release of the American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) report on the effects of the tsunami, based on evidence gathered during the ASCE/ICE joint visit one month after the tsunami hit (NCE 10 February 2005).

'The report is a detailed observation of post-tsunami Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Indonesia, ' said Masterton.

'It includes a record of the damage and observations on mechanism, and the nature of collapse, and the effects on water supply and other infrastructure in the Tsunamiaffected area, ' he said.

The report recorded damage and the nature of damage, but did not make any recommendations on the reconstruction.

Masterton is approaching the end of his ICE presidency and said how he was looking forward to this week's return trip.

'I have planned this trip for a long time - the main reason for it is to celebrate the centenary of the ICE in Sri Lanka, ' he added.

'I will also be hooking up with RedR-IHE to get an update and to see reconstruction work on the Galle coast post-tsunami, ' he said.

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