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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2790

Tamil civilians fleeing Sri Lanka owing to deteriorating security situation

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Colombo

Colombo, 23 May, (Asiantribune.com):Over the last few days, several hundred Tamil civilians belonging to more than 50 families living in Trincomalee have fled to India in fishing boats seeking refuge, owing to the deteriorating security situation in the country, well informed sources told the “Asian Tribune.”

The fleeing families pay Rs. 8000 per adult and Rs. 4000 per child for their journey from Sri Lanka to India. Majority of these families who hail from fishing villages in Trinco had pawned their jewellery and other valuables to find the money needed for the journey.

The fleeing families are initially taken from Trincomalee to Mannar after which they change boats and then to India's Tamil Nadu state where they are dropped off," the sources said.

"The exodus began after the LTTE attempted to blow up the troop carrier 'pearl cruiser' on May 11 when it was carrying more than 700 troops, leding to escalation of tensions in both the North and East provinces," sources said.

"While the LTTE has instigated panic in the minds of the Tamil civilians claiming that they will start the war soon, the recent air strikes launched by the Sri Lankan military which also saw several minority civilians being killed, has also infused terror in the minds of the Tamils, who are worried about their safety, and so as an only resort they are fleeing to India, in earnest hope for safety for themselves and their children," they added

- Asian Tribune -

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