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Sri Lanka: ICRC assists the civilian population displaced in the Eastern Provinces

06-08-2006 News Release

Following the fighting between the Sri Lankan security forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Trincomalee district over the past six days, the ICRC has launched a relief operation in coordination with the Red Cross Movement (RCM), the local authorities and other humanitarian organizations.

 The following was issued as a press release by the ICRC delegation in Colombo on 6 August 2006   

An ICRC convoy composed of six trucks, two ambulances and three cars yesterday reached the Mutur area and was able to evacuate around four hundred displaced people from the conflict zone to Trincomalee town. In addition to that, two injured people were transported to Eachilampattai hospital.

As for the fifteen thousand displaced people currently accommodated in Kantale, the ICRC is assessing their humanitarian needs with a focus on water and hygienic problems. Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) is assisting with food supplies.

In Trincomalee town, the ICRC has also delivered 163 kits of essential household items, containing tarpaulins, mats, pots, buckets, mosquito nets, kerosene cookers and lanterns. Around 300 displaced families benefited.

The ICRC reminds both parties to the conflict of their obligation to comply with international humanitarian law. It urgently calls upon both parties to ensure the protection of the civilian population as well as to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid.

“We are facing a serious humanitarian emergency,” said Toon Vandenhove, the ICRC’s head of delegation presently in Kantale to meet the local authorities, " We therefore need the collaboration and assistance of all parties " .


 For further information, please contact:  

 Davide Vignati, ICRC Colombo, tel. +94 11 250 33 46 or +94 77 728 96 82  

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