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Sri Lankan PM warns danger ”not over”, vows to rebuild economy

By: Paige Hubbard 

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe he warned on Friday (April 26) that the danger was not “completely over” following the deadly attacks on Easter Sunday, and vowed to start rebuilding the country’s economy next week.

The rebuilding of the economy would cost Sri Lanka $1 billion or more, Wickremesinghe said in a televised speech.

“Next week we have to start fixing the economy again. This act of terrorism was a deadly blow to the economy. From the lottery seller to the big businessmen this is a major setback. The tourism industry is affected. The current estimation is that this will cost the country about one billion U.S. dollars. It could be more. This is a serious situation. We must win that battle as well,” said Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesing.

The island nation that heavily relied on income from tourism had suffered a blow after a string of bomb attacks in churches and hotels killed 253 people and wounded 500.

On the same day, Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said the attacks came as a ‘thunderbolt’ for them and the church had been kept in the dark about intelligence warning.

Government officials have acknowledged a major lapse in not widely sharing an intelligence warning from India before the attacks.

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