SLMANA provides well-built houses for tsunami-hit fishermen
by Ashwin Hemmathagama

Sri Lanka Medical Association of North America (SLMANA) yesterday handed over 40 houses constructed for the tsunami affected fishermen in the Payagala South.

This new project named the ‘Long Island Fishing Village’ was built at a cost of Rs. 20 million donated by the SLMANA with good quality building materials with other infrastructure requirements.

Better Homes and Gardens Kotugoda (Pvt.) Ltd. Managing Director and the Designer of Long Island Fishing Village Dr. Seba Jayamaha told The Island Financial Review that SLMANA wanted to help the motherland in building houses for the needy. "The donations were made by Doctors, other professionals and volunteers for this worthy cause. Though these houses are constructed at very low costs, it doesn’t mean low quality. We have used Teak, Mahogany, and Hora timbers for doors, window frames, window slashes, and the roof," he said.

Each house was built at a cost of Rs. 500,000/- and was distributed among clearly identified families in the Payagala South area.

"We got the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource to prepare a list of the fishing families which were affected by the tsunami and narrowed the list with the help of Grama Niladaris and Assistant Government Agent in this particular area,"
Dr. Jayamaha added.


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