Over 24,000 houses, for people fleeing Vanni
The Government is in the process of constructing 24,000 houses in
three welfare villagers in Ramanathan Suthanthriapiram, Arunachchalam
Viduthalaipuram and Kathiragamareluchchi Nagar of Vvuniya to provide
urgent relief assistance to the Internally Displaced People (IDPS)
Addressing a media- conference in Colombo last week, Resettlement and
Disaster Relief Services Minister Risath Bathiyutheen said a number of
IDPs have started fleeing the clutches of terrorists from Vanni to
The Government is fully committed to provide them with all basic
assistance and accommodation. A welfare village is being established at
Adampan for the IDPs coming from the Mannar district.
These three welfare villages in Vavuniya are being established in an
area of 900 acres. It is proposed to build 8,000 houses in each welfare
village with all infrastructure facilities, such as post office,
hospital schools, bank, children's play ground, libraries, community
centers and officers' quarters.
At present, 2,913 IDPs from 1180 families have come to Vavuniya.
Meanwhile, the Government provides secure accommodation to 2,131 IDPs
from 940 families in the Nelukkulam welfare center while 782 IDPs of 240
families are accommodated in the Menik farm welfare center.
Basic medical facilities are available at the Vavuniya Base Hospital
and Cheddikulam base hospital to provide medical assistance to these
"Senior Presidential Advisor MP Basil Rajapaksa with Ministry
officials has had discussions with all UN agencies and the INGOs.
The Government and UN agencies have agreed to assist to provide the
needs of the IDPs.
The Vanni area is vast with a large amount of landmines and the area
has to be cleared before the IDPs are resettled back in their native
Once the land is declared free of landmines then it would be possible
for the Ministry to resettle them in a proper manner as per the accepted
norms of the UN organisation like UNHCR as done in the Batticaloa