Khalifa City built for Lanka tsunami victims

AMBARA — Victims of tsunami who lost houses three years ago will now be re-housed in a new residential city, thanks to a generous housing programme sponsored by the UAE President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan.

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Published: Tue 3 Jul 2007, 8:35 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:57 AM

The new city which comprises 1, 024 housing units along with complete amenities was inaugurated here yesterday by the UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA).

The Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Residential City cuts across a large area from Ambara to Trankomali towns in eastern Sri Lanka in December 2004.

The city is served by two modern schools, two social centres and many health facilities. Internal road networks and sewerage systems were also constructed or renovated as part of the Dh11.9 million.

The project came into being three years ago in the wake of a devastating tsunami which hit the coastal areas of Sri Lanka.

As soon as the funds were provided, three parties, namely the UAE’s RCA, the UN Population Fund in addition to local organisations teamed up to carry out the project.

Addressing a ceremony to mark the delivery of houses to the local residents, Mohammed Habroosh Al Suweidi, Assistant RCA Secretary-General for Domestic Affairs, said the project was the hallmark of the UAE’s efforts to help the victims of the tsunami and enable them re-build their lives.

“The humanitarian help provided by President Khalifa to the needy in the troubled hotspots around the world stems from a long tradition laid down by the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan”, said Al Suweidi, who is leading the RCA delegation.

Mohammed Hanif, Commissioner of Ambara hailed the generous help provided by Shaikh Khalifa, saying that the project has enlivened the area and restored hope to the people of the area.

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