Internment camps in Vavuniyaa under flood water
[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 August 2009, 08:25 GMT]
Additional troops have been called into the Manik Farm area in Vavuniyaa to prevent inmates in the IDP camps creating unrest or move from the camps following heavy rains which have inundated parts of the camps on Friday. Heavy rains have been continuing for the last two days in the area where the internment camps of Vanni civilians are situated, causing severe hardships to the inmates of the camps. The worst affected camps are the Zone II camps where the water has entered the tents forcing people to remain standing, a local NGO official in Colombo said.
According to reports from Vavuniyaa most of the people had decided to come out from the camps despite authorities trying to keep them back. According to the same official most of the temporary toilets have been overflowing causing health hazards.
The students who are sitting the AL exams also have been severely affected as the exams are pending.
Currently there are more than 285,000 inmates locked up in the camps.