“The 2012 Joint Plan of Assistance for the Northern Province (JPA) remains underfunded at 25 million dollars, or. 17.5 percent of the total,” a UN report showed Monday.
The report did not give a reason for the funding gap, but said the monies are used for resettlement, demining, health, food, sanitation, shelter and education activities in the northern region.
The UN said about 6,000 people continue to live in the Menik Farm displaced centre, three-years after security forces crushed the Tamil Tigers and ended 37-years of ethnic conflict in May 2009.
The UN also funds some 7,300 people who were displaced prior to April 2008. They remained in welfare centers in Jaffna and Vavuniya districts.“Basic services to Menik Farm are reaching critical levels with the majority of providers approaching the end of their funding in June,” the report said.
“But mine clearance progress in the IDPs’ places of origin in Mullaittivu District suggests the camp will have to remain open at least until October,” the UN said.
Funding for ambulance services, health volunteers, shelter, solid waste management, drinking water supply, maintaining toilets and bathing spaces run out by June 30.
Some 300,000 people were displaced in the final months of the fighting and many of them have returned to their villages.