Sri Lanka: ICRC evacuates more sick and wounded from the Vanni
16-02-2009 News Release 09/42
Geneva/Colombo (ICRC) – For the third time in a week, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has evacuated by ferry patients and their immediate families from Putumattalan to Trincomalee, where they are receiving medical treatment. A total of 440 people were taken to Trincomalee in this latest operation.
" The support of civil and military authorities and that of the local community has ensured the success of these evacuations, but for many more people in the Vanni and in Putumattalan the situation remains critical, " said Morven Murchison-Lochrie, an ICRC nurse who took part in the operations. In Putumattalan, an ICRC team continues to support Ministry of Health staff who are providing treatment for the sick and wounded as best as they can. At Trincomalee Hospital, the ICRC has a surgeon, an anaesthetist and a nurse helping Sri Lankan colleagues cope with a huge influx of patients.
The ICRC continues to be present and active in the Vanni with the agreement of both parties. It remains committed to working in close proximity to displaced people in order to continue to meet their need for humanitarian assistance.
Sophie Romanens, ICRC Colombo, tel: +94 11 250 33 46 or +94 777 289 682
Sarasi Wijeratne, ICRC Colombo, tel: +94 11 250 33 46 or +94 773 1588 44
Simon Schorno, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 24 26 or +41 79 251 93 02