Over 270,000 of Sri Lanka’s displaced resettled, under 7,500 remain in camps

Aug 29, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government says over 270,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have either been resettled or released and only 7,422 are remaining in the camps as of Monday (August 29).

The remaining IDPs include 3, 319 in Kadirgamar Zone-0 and 4,103 in Anandakumaraswami Zone-1 in Menik Farm Relief Village in Vavuniya.

The Government has resettled and released 273,088 IDPs so far under its programme for speedy resettlement. Out of those 235,517 IDPs from Vavuniya, Mannar, Trincomalee and other districts have been resettled in their places of origin.

The government has released 27,720 IDPs for humanitarian reasons. They include the elderly, university students, infants with family members, pregnant women and foreign passport holders.

Another 9,851 IDPs in the Jaffna District have also been resettled in their places of origin, including Jaffna, Mannar, Vavuniya and Trincomalee.

The remaining IDPs are from the areas yet to be demined, mainly from the Mullaitivu district.

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