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* Government expedites resettlement of IDPs in Northern Sri Lanka
Fri, Mar 12, 2010, 09:17 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 12, Colombo: Sri Lankan government is planning to resettle the remaining Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) immediately after the de-mining process in the North is completed, Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe said today.

Addressing a media conference held at the Government Information Department today, the Minister said the as of March 10, 182,946 displaced persons who were earlier housed in the welfare camps have been resettled in cleared areas while the resettlement in Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi has commenced.

Providing progress on the resettlement, the Minister said that there are 64,849 IDPs remaining in welfare centers in Vavuniya and Jaffna and 28,974 are on free movement while 4,942 IDPs have not reported back to the welfare centers by the date announced by the government to return. In total, there are 93,823 civilians to be resettled.

The resettled civilians are assisted with basic needs such as healthcare, water and sanitation facilities as well as education and livelihood support, the Minister claimed. Banks, postal and other services are also functioning in those areas, he added.

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