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UNHCR suspends shelter cash

Mar 25, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Sri Lanka has suspended the distribution of shelter cash grants to displaced returnees due to shortfalls in funding. The humanitarian agency said that the funding was suspended from the 8th of this month. Humanitarian actors continue to engage with donors to secure funds for Menik Farm operations, where 88,198 IDPs remained as of 11 March. The level of services decreased at the beginning of March due to funding gaps, humanitarian agencies said. Shelter agencies are challenged to secure funds for and build permanent housing in a timeframe corresponding with the pace of returns. Donor advocacy is also sought to continue to maintain Government services and staff in line with camp populations, particularly for social services, protection of women and children, and health.   www.dailymirror.lk/index.php/news/2636-unhcr-suspends-shelter-cash.html