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Temporary dwellings priority in Sri Lanka

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GETTING THE 443,000 Sri Lankans displaced by the tsunami into properly constructed temporary accommodation was this week the most immediate priority for aid agencies.

They said this was one way to keep disease out of the affected region.

Since the disaster homeless families have been living up to four to a house, or are crammed into schools, temples and makeshift tented accommodation.

While this will do in the immediate short-term, aid agencies in Sri Lanka fear that such crowded living will lead to outbreaks of illness and disease.

Irish aid agency Goal is leading the housing construction and is this week finalising a blueprint design for all agencies with United States overseas development agency USAID.

Goal will build 2,500 temporary dwellings at a cost of $3M (£1.6M) in the southern region of Hambantota.

The temporary housing is vital as it will take at least four years to build permanent homes.

'The current rate of housing construction stands at 18,000 homes a year.

This will have to be upped to at least 25,000 a year to rehouse all those displaced within four years, ' said the government-led Centre for National Operations' housing leader David Muller.

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