Australia assists Northern returnees
The Australian Government, in partnership with the United Nations
Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), has assisted 3,785 returnee
families to reconstruct or repair their damaged houses in Vavuniya,
Mullaitivu and Killinochchi districts.
To mark the completion of the 18th month of the Rs 1 billion project,
the Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Kathy Klugman, visited
Kallaru village in Killinochchi yesterday to hand over 100 houses
constructed under the project. Government officials, UN-HABITAT
representatives and the people participated.
The Australian Government commenced the programme in January, 2010.
The project has helped families in over 40 villages.
Around 1,110 families received support to rebuild their homes while
2,675 families received support to undertake major repairs to damaged