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Sri Lanka: Assistance for 30,000 displaced

10-12-1999 News Release 99/49

During the month of November the ICRC assisted 30,000 Sri Lankan civilians displaced within the northern part of the island as a result of the offensive launched on 1 November by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Altogether, 1,900 families from the region of Weli Oya east of Vavuniya and 5,600 families from Mannar district and Vavuniya and its surrounding area were provided with mats, plastic buckets, water containers and soap. Some of the displaced persons who had not found shelter in public buildings also received plastic sheeting.

Cases of bloody diarrhoea reported among the displaced also prompted ICRC water and sanitation engineers to set up 70 pit latrines, six rubbish pits and four kitchens in three schools around Vavuniya.

All these operations were carried out by the ICRC team based in Vavuniya with the support of delegates from Batticaloa and Colombo.