Tuesday, December 12, 2006

GAO says taxpayers are Katrina 'victims' | IndyStar.com

GAO says taxpayers are Katrina 'victims' | IndyStar.com: "GAO says taxpayers are Katrina 'victims'

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The government continues to waste tens of millions of dollars in its Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, including giving rent checks to evacuees already living in free housing and student aid to ineligible foreigners, U.S. investigators said this past week.

The Government Accountability Office also found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been able to recoup only $7 million of the more than $1 billion in improper payments identified by investigators months ago."

Monday, December 11, 2006

People's Daily Online -- Aceh relief work far from expectation

People's Daily Online -- Aceh relief work far from expectation: "Aceh relief work far from expectation
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Despite achievements, reconstruction and rehabilitation in Indonesia's Aceh province in nearly two years after the tsunami are still far from people's expectation, scores of problems and lack of managerial capabilities are among the obstacles, said local officials and ex- rebel leaders.

Hundreds of survivors of the December 2004 catastrophe still live in barracks and tents, as they have yet got houses promised by the relief agency.

Of the 128,000 houses planned to be built, only some 50,000 so far have been delivered, spokesman of the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency (BRR) Mirza Kumala said, adding that over 17, 000 others now were being reconstructed."