UN running low of funds humanitarian work in northern Sri Lanka

June 26, 2012 (LBO) – The United Nations is experiencing a funding shortfall to meet urgent humanitarian relief work across Sri Lanka’s conflict-hit north, with money running low for solid waste, shelter and water. 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. The UN says it needs 147 million dollars for humanitarian work in the northern province this year.

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,