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Over 210,000 IDP families resettled

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Around 98 percent of the nearly 300,000 Internally Displaced People (IDP) in the North have been resettled so far.

The Minister of Resettlement Gunaratne Weerakoon told media that the resettlement process had made a commendable progress since the Humanitarian Operation ended in May 2009.

According to the Minister 724,135 people or 216,412 families have been resettled in their original abodes in the cleared areas of the Northern Province.

Only 6,556 people of 1,965 families still remain in two IDP camps either due to the delay in demining their home areas or they have no other place to go.

The remaining IDPs were originally from the Puthukudiyiruppu. For those who would be resettled the ministry would give food rations worth Rs. 3,500 along with certain tools to re-establish livelihoods.

The government plans to allocate over Rs. 1.3 billion to complete the resettlement of families remaining in the welfare centers in their native villages.

The minister also said that discussions are underway with the Indian government to construct 5,000 houses in the Eastern province.