Authorities in charge of the northern IDPs have closed Zone-2 Welfare Centre of the Menik Farm relief village in Vavuniya following the completion of resettlement of IDPs sheltered there.
With the closure, there are only four zones remaining in Menik Farm currently sheltering IDPs. The Chief Coordinating Officer of the Competent Office for IDPs in Vavuniya said 855 IDPs who were sheltered in Zone-2 are being resettled in Theravil, Pudukudirippu in Mullativu. Currently, the total number of IDPs in Vavuniya relief villages has dropped to 16, 531 as of yesterday. This number will be reduced to 15, 676 by tomorrow after resettling the batch of 855 IDPs in Theravil.
According to the Ministry of Resettlement, only 6529 IDPs remain in Kadirakamar relief center while 6677 IDPs remain in Anandakumaraswami Zone 1. Two batches of the displaced; 930 and 2395 are remaining in Ramanadan and Arunachalam in zone 4 and zone 3 in the Menik Farm relief village. The Resettlement Ministry said out of these 10, 923 displaced persons are moving freely outside camps.Including the 1158 displaced remaining in Jaffna, the total number of IDPs remaining in the North is 17, 183.