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UN Country Director refers to progress made by Sri Lanka

Aug 27, 2010 12:38:08 PM - itnnews.lk

Sri Lanka’s UN Country Director Neil Buhne has said that substantial progress has been made in the past few months. Approximately 200,000 people have returned to their villages in the North while an estimated 70,000 remain displaced or are in transit sites near their home areas. The number remaining in welfare camps is less than 35,000.

He opined that another 165 million US Dollars more is needed for activities planned by the UN and humanitarian organizations to support the national programmes for the welfare of the displaced during the remainder of 2010.

Addressing the donors assisting the work of humanitarian organizations supporting Sri Lanka’s national efforts, Mr. Buhne stated that notable contributions to humanitarian efforts come from de-mining actors of both government, and national and international agencies, who have cleared and released land, paving the way for the resettlement of the displaced. Rebuilding livelihoods of the resettled and agricultural productivity in the area remain a common goal, the UN said adding that some 24,000 households have been provided with poultry and seeds, water pumps and crop sprayers to support the ongoing Yala season paddy cultivation of 10,600 acres.

The agency says around 50,000 households will be targeted in the upcoming Maha season aiming to cultivate 130,000 acres of abandoned land.