EU grants additional 10 million euros to assist resettlement of Sri Lanka IDPs

May 06, Brussels: The European Commission today said it has granted another 10 million euros as humanitarian support to Sri Lanka to provide further assistance for the resettlement and rehabilitation of the Internally displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North.

The European Commission said it is increasing its humanitarian support to help Sri Lanka tackle the double challenge of recovering from a protracted crisis and a recent natural disaster of floods.

A press statement issued by the Brussels-based organization said the latest grant will finance further assistance to help the IDPs to return to their homes and to provide basic services for them.

The additional resources will also provide humanitarian aid to vulnerable Sri Lankan refugees in India, and the most affected floods victims in the Eastern Province.

The new funding will assist the re-establishment of basic services and the promotion of livelihood activities in Sri Lanka. In parallel, disaster risk reduction initiatives will be supported in four districts of the northern and eastern provinces, vulnerable to natural disasters, through the Commission’s Disaster Preparedness programme (DIPECHO).

“Many Sri Lankans who had been internally displaced by violence have returned home since the conflict ended in May 2009. Still, some 75,000 refugees continue to lead a difficult life in camps in Tamil Nadu, India. For them and for returnees, recovery remains a challenge, as many survive in precarious conditions and do not have the prospect of earning a stable livelihood,” the statement explained.

Those who had only just begun to rebuild their lives in Sri Lanka have recently faced another major obstacle the floods that swept through the country’s Eastern Province.

“Europe will continue its impartial support to the vulnerable communities in Sri Lanka, and will work to build the bridge between relief assistance and long-term development in the country,”.Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response has said.

The European Commission has been supporting vulnerable communities in Sri Lanka with humanitarian aid since 1992. Since the end of the conflict in 2009, the Commission has been catering for the humanitarian needs of internally displaced persons in Sri Lanka with a series of emergency financing decisions which total of 14 million.

Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu have also been benefitting from European solidarity the Commission has provided 1 million for their protection, psychosocial support, water and sanitation and shelter.

Another emergency disbursement of 2 million, provided in early 2011, has helped the communities affected by floods in eastern Sri Lanka.

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