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18 Aug 2009 description

By Nita Bhalla

NEW DELHI, Aug 18 (Reuters) - The onset of monsoon rains in Sri Lanka is raising fears for the safety of thousands of war-displaced Tamils after rain flooded camps, ruined shelters and caused sewage to overflow, aid workers said on Tuesday.

Around 280,000 Tamils are being held in Manik Farm camp in the Indian Ocean island's north, after government forces defeated Tamil Tiger separatists and ended a 25-year civil war.

Rights activists accuse authorities of illegally holding the displaced in the heavily guarded camps, but the government says it has to first weed …