The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has handed over the ownership of 500 housing units built for the 2004 tsunami victims of Sri Lanka.
Work on the project was launched three years ago for the benefit of tsunami victims of the Ampara District. The official handing over of the houses to the President took place at Temple Trees. A deputation, including Saudi Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Abdul Aziz Al-Jammaz handed over the symbolic key to the 500 tsunami houses to President Rajapaksa. The houses built in Norochcholai are equipped with all facilities. A school, a Hospital, a playground, a market complex and a multipurpose building have also been constructed. The Kingdom and Sri Lanka signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2006 to build 1000 housing units for the people affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in the Ampara district in the Eastern Province. Minister Prof. G.L Peiris, Deputy Minister Neomal Perera and President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga were present on the occasion.