Welfare centers sheltering Champoor IDPs under rain water
[TamilNet, Saturday, 27 November 2010, 12:31 GMT]
Some one thousand two hundred and sixty two displaced Tamil families
sheltered in four welfare centers in Moothoor division in Trincomalee
district are undergoing untold hardships due to torrential rain.
The temporary sheds in the welfare centers have been inundated with
rain water. The inmates find difficult to sleep, cook food and
latrines are under water preventing them to answer call of nature. Health authorities have expressed fear of out break of dengue and
other diseases among IDPs if no preventive measures are taken.
Thousands of Tamil families were displaced in April 2006 from Moothoor
East villages, first to the Batticaloa district following the military
operation by the Sri Lanka Army assisted by the Sri Lanka Navy and Sri
Lanka Air Force.
Gradually they were brought back to Moothoor for
resettlement from Batticaloa. However, 1262 families are not allowed to
return to their own villages in Moothoor east by armed forces
under the pretext that their villages come under the high security
zone covering Champoor area where land has been allocated for the
construction of coal power plant with the assistance of the Government
The local civil authority offered these IDPs alternative lands away
from the HSZ for their resettlement. But the IDPs have refused to
accept the offer but insisting that they should be allowed to return
to their own traditional villages.
As the deadlock on this issue
without finding a solution continues, these IDPs are currently staying
in four welfare centers located in Ki’liveddi (570), Ma’natcheanai (90),
Paddiththidal (230) and Kaddaipa’richchaan (372).
Meanwhile, the World Food
Organization (WFO) that has been supplying food materials to maintain
these welfare centers is reported to have informed the local civil
authority in Moothoor that it would stop supplying relief materials
from January next year.
Strong winds, heavy rain in North, East
Sri Lanka’s Meteorological Department has issued a warning of strong
winds and heavy rain in the northern and eastern provinces and Gulf of
Mannaar in the country later Friday night. The public have been
advised to take extra caution against lightning as the wet weather
continues owing to an atmospheric disturbance in the region.
Thunder showers accompanied with strong winds blowing inland is
expected from Friday night throughout most parts of the country, an
official of the Meteorology Department said.