Joint Humanitarian and Early Recovery Update, Sri Lanka, June 2012 – Report #43

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW & HIGHLIGHTS

Returns and displacement By 30 June, about 440,700 people (131,000 families) had returned to the Northern Province. This figure includes some 230,000 people (72,000 families) displaced after April 2008 and 211,000 persons (58,000 families) displaced before April 2008. Approximately 6,000 IDPs (1,800 families), displaced after April 2008, remained in Menik Farm awaiting return to their areas of origin.

On 23 June, 47 families returned from Menik Farm to Thirumurikandy Grama Niladhari Division (GND), in Oddusuddan Divisional Secretariat Division (DSD) of Mullaitivu District. Among them, 28 families resettled in their place of origin or accepted the plots of land allocated to them by the civil authorities. However, 18 families went back to Menik Farm due to unresolved land issues, one family chose to stay with relatives. Since that time, the military released more of the GND to support voluntary IDP resettlement. Thus, the IDPs were able to resettle/relocate to Thirumurikandy GND.

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