What happened to the tsunami aid money?

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Nearly half a billion dollars in tsunami aid for Sri Lanka is unaccounted for and over 600 million dollars has been spent on projects unrelated to the disaster, an anti-corruption watchdog said Saturday. Berlin-based Transparency International demanded an audit of the money received by the Sri Lankan government to help victims of the Asian tsunami which hit the island on December 26, 2004, killing 31,000 people.

The group’s Sri Lankan chapter said the public have a right to know how the aid money was spent as the tropical nation marked the fifth anniversary of the tsunami. The group alleged that out of 2.2 billion dollars received for relief, 603.4 million dollars was spent on projects unrelated to the disaster. Another half a billion dollars was missing, the group said.

“There is no precise evidence to explain the missing sum of 471.9 million dollars,” the Transparency International statement issued in Colombo added. An “audit should be done by the government to explain the utilisation of the money received and the challenges faced,” the group said.  AFP

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7 Comments

  1. Tsunami aid was not given to government. It is given to NGOs. Most of the NGOs did nothing but had a good time with money. Large amount of money went to LTTE through NGO. Gov tried to get the money ,but money was not given to the government. it is known fact. Last time also tsunami aid allegation came and later person who made allegation had to apologies from MR. Guys hope you can remember.

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