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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 911

Sweden agrees to construct houses for resettled people in Jaffna

R.Vanmathy reporting from Jaffna
Colombo, 22 February, (Asiantribune.com):

Swedish Government has agreed to construct new houses for the Internally Displaced Persons in Jaffna says Imelda Sukumar, Government Agent, Jaffna. In a meeting with the Swedish Residential Representative who visited Jaffna last week, the requirement to build the houses for the displaced persons was taken up and was agreed promptly. It was only a formal agreement and the government has yet to enter into any agreement.

According to GA Jaffna, with the support of Swedish Government 300 houses are earmarked for construction in Uduthurai village, situated in the East Vadamaradchi Pirathesa Shaba. Sri Lanka has taken several measures to improve the living conditions of the displaced people after the conflict since 2009. In the Northern Province humanitarian relief operations are taking shape speedily and the trend is expected to advance forward.

Of the 320,000 displaced during the war, majority of them are resettled and returned to their home. Earlier the step by step rehabilitation activities were conducted and temporary houses were constructed for the resettled people.

Presently, measures are in progress to build houses by India for 49 thousand internally displaced families.

Under this program, already 48 houses were completed in Ariyalai, Jaffna and handed over to residents by the Indian Foreign Minister S.M.Krishna who recently visited the country. In the first phase of construction it is expected that 1000 houses are to be built in war-torn Kilinochchi.

- Asian Tribune -

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