Lack of Basic Amenities in Camps Housing Displaced Tamils: MPs Team

Following a visit to Sri Lanka, an MPs delegation from Tamil Nadu has said that internally displaced Tamils in the island nation lack even basic amenities like water and toilets in camps housing them.

In a report submitted to chief minister M Karunanidhi, the 10-member team said: “They (Lankan Tamils) complained of lack of food, with even children not having milk. While many said they didn’t have clothes to change, others said there was not enough water for bathing and toilet purposes.”

The report by the delegation, which comprises MPs from the ruling DMK and its allies, the Congress and the Viduthalai Chiraithugal Katchi, said that the “overwhelming demand” from the Tamils was to send them back to their places.

The report noted that miseries of Tamils would be compounded if they were not vacated from camps before onset of monsoon and that “even if proper infrastructure is provided, it is not advisable to hold lakhs of people in such camps for a long period”.

After receiving the delegation and its report at the airport itself yesterday, Karunanidhi had said that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse had assured the team that 58,000 of the 2.53 lakh displaced Tamils would be sent home in the next fortnight and the rest in a phased manner.

The resettlement process would begin today, he had said.

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