Kumagai Gumi

CSR

Disaster Recovery

Tsunami Relief Work

Helping with the Reconstruction in Sri Lanka

Most coastal areas in Sri Lanka suffered heavy damage due to the giant Tsunamis caused by the major earthquake off the coast of Sumatra on December 26, 2004. We have been assisting with their recovery.

Recovery construction

Most coastal areas in Sri Lanka suffered heavy damage due to the giant Tsunamis caused by the major earthquake off the coast of Sumatra on December 26. At the time, we were working on the Southern Transport Development Project (Highway Section) near Galle in the southwest, and in response to the request by the Prime Minister and RDA (Road Development Authority) we started recovery construction work on December 27, using the heavy machinery from the Southern Transport Development Project (Highway Section).

Our employees at work Our employees at work
Our employees at work
Rubble removal
Rubble removal

Part of the restructuring work was on the Ambalangoda – Galle –Marata (approx. 70km) section of National Highway Route 2. The work mainly consisted of removing and cleaning up the rubble, driftwood, sand, and electric cables, refilling and repairing the collapsed roads, removing overturned buses and cars, moving tanker trucks, etc. Using Galle as our base of operations, we divided into two teams -- one worked on the Galle – Ambalangoda section, and the other on Galle – Marata, using approximately 40 construction units including motor graders, loaders, truck cranes, and dump trucks. We completed the work on January 4, and the roads quickly reopened to the general public. We received a letter of appreciation for this work from the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.

Filling up work Filling up work
Filling up work

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