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* Demining Sri Lanka's north nearing completion
Thu, Mar 25, 2010, 12:00 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 24, Colombo: The demining process in the war-battered northern region is nearing completion, the military spokesman Major General Prasad Samarasinghe said today.

The Military Spokesman said demining process is being accelerated to facilitate the speedy resettlement of the internally displaced persons.

The spokesman said in recent times 480 civilians have been injured due to landmine explosions.

Seven NGO's are participating in the demining process and over 1000 Army engineers are deployed in the demining operation. Both sides of the A9, B69, B35 routes in Mullaitivu and Mannar districts, Kokavil, Kilinochchi, and Muhamalai to Paranthan have been cleared, Major General Samarasinghe said.

According to Major General Samarasinghe already 183,219 IDPs have been resettled in their own villages after their land was cleared of landmines. Another 84,700 are to be resettled as soon as the demining is complete. Some 29,000 IDPs have gone out with permission and 54,000 remain in the camps.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Army will built 680 new houses for IDP families in Jaffna peninsula and 437 housing units covering 224 square feet of floor area have already been completed. The finished houses will be handed over to the families in April. The remainder will be completed in the next 2 - 3 months, the Military Spokesman said.

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