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 Post Posted: Thu May 05, 2005 8:59 pm 
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A man looks over the water from his partially-tsunami damaged house in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, January 2005. The United States has invited contractors to bid on 35 million dollars worth of construction projects it is funding in tsunami-hit Sri Lankan coastal regions, the US embassy said(AFP/File)

US seeks bids for tsunami reconstruction projects in Sri Lanka

Copyright © 2005 Agence France Presse

The United States has invited contractors to bid on 35 million dollars worth of construction projects it is funding in tsunami-hit Sri Lankan coastal regions, the US embassy said.

A conference with possible contractors was scheduled for next week in Colombo, it said in a statement.

The United States Agency for International Development expects to spend 35 million dollars on several projects, including the construction of a new bridge in the island's east.

The agency also plans to fund a new water treatment and sanitation plant, repair three fisheries harbours, and build 14 vocational schools.

"The United States intends to help rebuild infrastructure damaged by the tsunami to strengthen the base for the economic growth of the coastal region," USAID Director, Carol Becker, was quoted as saying.

Sri Lanka says the damage caused by the December 26 tsunami was over a billion dollars and the reconstruction cost could be more than 1.5 billion dollars.

The island has received aid pledges of nearly two billion dollars, but only 16.6 million dollars has been received in direct financial assistance.

Nearly 31,000 people were killed in the tsunamis, the worst natural disaster to hit the Indian Ocean island republic of 19.5 million people.

Copyright © 2005 Agence France Presse.


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