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 Post Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 2:39 am 
US funds clean up Batti lagoon

DM / 29JUNE2005

The United States said yesterday it is funding the cleanup of tsunami debris from the Batticaloa lagoon, which is known among locals for its singing fish.

The clean up of the Batticaloa lagoon, expected to be completed by September, will help some 3,500 people of the local fishing community, the embassy said in a statement.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI), hired equipment and assembled teams of engineers and technicians, including divers from Sri Lanka's navy, to carry out the work.

“We hope this project can not only restart the livelihoods of fishermen in Batticaloa but also serve as a symbol of the recovery of the community after the tsunami,” said the country representative of OTI, Mike DeSisti.

USAID is spending 71,000 dollars for the work. Locals believe that the sounds from the bottom of the Batticaloa lagoon heard between April and September on full moon nights are from singing fish.


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