Europe gives Sri Lanka additional aid for conflict displaced refugees

Oct 25 (LBO) – The European Commission will give Sri Lanka five million Euros or 667 million rupees in emergency aid to help over 200,000 internally displaced people in an increasingly violent local conflict.

The additional funds will add to seven million euros approved for aid work in the country in July this year and follows appeals by the Red Cross as well as United Nations humanitarian aid agencies.

There are estimated to be 205,000 newly displaced people in Sri Lanka since April 2006, with more than 15,000 new refugees having fled to Tamil Nadu in neighbouring South India, since January this year.

The funds will be used to provide shelter for up to 80,000 people, clean water and sanitation, non-food items as well as medical and healthcare.

œAn emergency response was needed by the European Commission to meet these emergency needs in Sri Lanka given the increasing intensity of the conflict, Julian Wilson, Ambassador and head of the EC delegation in Sri Lanka, told journalists on Wednesday.

The local civil conflict has escalated since December last year, with 2764 people killed as at September this year, over 700 of whom were civilians.

The Sri Lankan government has been w