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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2960

Northern Sri Lanka refugees begin influx to India

[b]Northern Sri Lanka refugees begin influx to India [/b]

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 14 January ( [/b]With war like unsettled conditions prevailing in northern Sri Lanka, Tamil refugees have begun to arrive in India's popular pilgrim island town Rameswaram in Tamilnadu.

A group of nine people – three men, three women and three children – arrived by boat today from Pesali in Mannar district. Yesterday - Thursday, the first group of 24 Sri Lankan Tamils arrived from Talaimannar. They are the first Sri Lanka Tamil refugees to arrive in the Tamilnadu town in three years. They landed near Dhanushkodi on the Rameswaram coast.

Local officials have lodged the refugees in a temporary relief camp at Mandapam, the home to Lanka Tamil refugees at the height of ethnic violence in the island nation across the Palk Straits.

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