De-mined Mannar village ready for resettlement

[TamilNet, Monday, 15 September 2003, 19:00 GMT]
The Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD) said Monday that the Mallavarayankattu Adampan village in the Mannar district had been cleared of mines and is fit for resettlement of the displaced persons, and it ceremoniallly handed over the village to the Mannar Government Agent, Mr.V. Visuvalingam, Monday evening at a function held at the Adampan Matha Church, district secretariat sources said.

Mallavarayankattu Adampan is the first mine-free village in the Mannar district, sources said. The FSD said an area of about 4,32,635 square meters was cleared.

Mannar Bishop, the Rt.Rev Rayappu Joseph, the Liberation Tigers' Mannar district political head, Mr.C.Amirthab,Sri Lanka Army and Police officials and representatives of various organizations attended the event, sources said.

All 97 Tamil families in the village fled in 1997 during the Sri Lanka Army's military operation code-named "Edibala" and sought refuge at the Jeevothayam centre in Murunkan, sources said.

The displaced families have been pressing the civil authorities for resettlement in the village since the signing of the ceasefire agreement between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE in February last year, sources said.

The Mannar GA has taken steps to resettle the displaced in stages following the handing over of the village by the FSD, sources said.

Twenty-one families would be resettled in the village within the next two weeks in the first stage, district secretariat sources said.

 

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