Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Biweekly Bulletin 2, 28 Aug 2009

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Highlights:

- Vavuniya experienced the first heavy rains of the season between 14-17th of August, creating heavy rainwater run-off in the IDP sites, latrine pits overflowing, tents needing maintenance and some damage to internal roads.

- The monsoon is likely to cause damage to roads inside the main IDP site Menik Farm. Restrictions on overall weight of vehicles allowed inside the camps are expected.

- The Government of Sri Lanka has announced to aim for resettlement of 100,000 IDPs by the end of 2009.

- IOM has completed over 15,000 trips to date providing transport as a common service.

Context:

Following the end of the conflict between the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), large IDP movements to camps/welfare villages took place. The main IDP site is Menik Farm in the Vavuniya area. Current operations focus on supporting the camps. Conditions have deteriorated due to heavy rains mid August. Resettlement of earlier caseloads (pre-October 2008) of IDPs has begun. The government has stated that it aims to resettle 100,000 people by the end of 2009.