Impact of Tsunami Relief and Rehabilitation

The Asian tsunami that struck India and a few other countries caused unprecedented devastation in the coastal districts of the state of Tamil Nadu in India and touched the hearts of many world leaders, celebrities and ordinary people who responded to the calamity in an extraordinary manner. Former president Bill Clinton, the United Nations’ Special Envoy for Tsunami Reconstruction, recently visited Nagapattinam, the worst hit district in the state, and applauded the government and various N.G.O.s for the good work they have been doing in reconstructing the lives of those affected by the tsunami. Was Clinton good at assessing the situation? And was he right in praising the Indian authorities responsible for relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction work? Many human rights activists have expressed concern regarding the reconstruction effort in India. Tsunami survivors at Nagapattinam and other places in Tamil Nadu are grateful to the government but are not quite happy with what the government or humanitarian organizations are doing to rebuild..............Read more



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