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Rebuilding Efforts Swing into High Gear in Galle, Sri Lanka

Patricia Nunan

Politicians, foreign troops and aid workers are all working in Sri Lanka's tsunami ravaged areas to get the rebuilding effort into full swing.

A few dozen of the roughly 600 U.S. military personnel in Sri Lanka, are here at a primary middle school outside Galle. They are using bulldozers, dump trucks and sometimes sledge hammers to demolish school buildings left structurally unsound by the tsunami.

In other parts of the area, U.S. Navy Seabees (engineers and construction workers) are distributing fresh water to camps for people left homeless.

Politicians, including the prime minister and the former prime minister, are also doing the rounds on visits similar to campaign stops, suggesting the tsunami and its aftermath may be political fodder for some time to come.

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