February 24, 2005
by Kevin Caruso
The Asian tsunami killed over 30,000 people in Sri Lanka, and many of those who died were parents, leaving many children orphaned or with only one parent.
The latest statistics indicate that 1,060 children lost both of their parents in the tsunami, and 3,414 children lost one parent.
The Sri Lankan government is working to provide care for the orphaned children.
“Arrangements have already been made to appoint competent persons to entrust the care of 200 orphaned who lost both parents,” said Sarath Abeygunawardena., Probation and Child Care Services commissioner.
Several organizations have also indicated that they will provide assistance to the children.