Thursday, March 11, 2010

Over 182,000 IDPs released and resettled

The Government has released and resettled a total number of 182,005 IDPs as at March 4, 2010, stated the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights in its latest report.

Accordingly, the government has completed resettling 144,804 IDPs from Vavuniya, Mannar and Trincomalee to various Districts including Galle, Kandy, Kegalle and Matale as at March 04. Another 27,393 IDPs are released on humanitarian grounds. 9,808 IDPS were resettled and released from Jaffna to various Districts.

As at March 08, 2010, there are 62,640 IDPs at 6 IDP centers in Vavuniya. The Ministry reported that 24,292 are on free movement. 4,918 IDPs have not reported back on date indicated by IDPs. In addition, there are 1,347 IDPs at 2 IDP centers in Jaffna as at Feb 05, 2010.

The Government is continuing assistance such as health and water sanitation as well as education and livelihood support to those resettled. Banks, postal and other services are also functioning in those areas.

Resettled farmers in Kilinochchi District were given seeds for 13 types of crops, land assistance and livestock support such as cattle, one-day old chicks, poultry, milk sales outlets, etc. Approximately 7,000 beneficiaries have received assistance for farming in both the Karachchi and Poonekary.

7,331 resettled families in Mannar District are engaged in the fishing industry. Thus, a total of 769,059 kg of fish was produced in the month of January 2010. The ban on night-fishing and trawler fishing has been lifted encouraging youth to engage in fishing activities and earn a higher income.

It has been proposed to undertake cultivation under the Giant Tank project to benefit Mannar farmers. A sum of Rs.385 million has been allocated for the rehabilitation of the Giant Tank.

Resettled families in the Jaffna District are being provided with cattle, poultry and other types of livestock while agri-based families are provided with seed paddy, tractors and other necessary equipment.

Steps are being taken to resettle IDPs with the progress of the de-mining programme. The Ministry of Nation Building and Estate Infrastructure Development /IMSMA database states that between the period of 01 January to 31 December 2009, a total of 897.4 square km of mine clearance has taken place in the districts of Anuradhapura, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Mullaitivu, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee and Vavuniya. Accumulative area of 1,320.6 square km has been cleared from 2002 to 2009.
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