Sri Lanka - One Year On
Reconstruction in Sri Lanka is provoking hot debate. As planning for five star resorts is underway, inhabitants complain their needs are being neglected.
40,000 lives were lost when the wave hit Sri Lanka. Fishing fleets were destroyed and homes crushed. "The sea took it all". But whilst Governor Wickramatne is excited about the construction of "the cricket museum" and luxury resorts, locals complain, "We've been fishing for 15 years and haven't received anything". A ban issued by government against new building is being ignored by residents "everyone began to build... everyone has done so". As discontent increases about the lack of facilities, the prospect of mass tourism is not welcome by everyone.