Batticaloa resettlement expedited
9,000 families rehoused last week:
BATTICALOA: The resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
in the East is gathering momentum with 9,000 families (29,000 people)
resettled during the past week in Porativupattu and Vellaveli.
When a media team visited the area yesterday, the resettlement drive
was in full swing with the programme expedited in 34 DS divisions since
The resettlement of IDPs in the areas of Sinawatta, Malayanadu,
Kannupuram, Kannupuram East has been fully completed last Thursday alone
and another batch of IDP families consisting of 4,500 people got
registered with the authorities and they are to be resettled soon.
According to Major Berty Perera - Coordinating Officer of Civil
Administration for Army's 233 brigade, 24-hour security has been
provided for the newly resettled. The upgrading of infrastructure
facilities in the areas is continuing in addition to the facilities
provided by way of food, clothing, medical facilities, transport and
In the Vellaveli area, 12 schools out of 27 are fully functioning.
All the wells have been cleaned. Postal services have commenced with one
main and four sub offices functioning.
Telephone facilities too are available and two dispensaries and the
MoH office have been reopened.
Electricity has already been provided. Transport is gathering
momentum with Kalavanchikudy-Vellaveli bus services commencing.
All Government offices have reopened. The Agriculture offices in
Palugamam and Vellaveli have recommenced work. According to Batticaloa
police, all resettled persons have been issued with a temporary
The resettlement is coordinated by the Presidential Secretariat, the
GA and the Ministry of Resettlement and Disaster Management along with
the Security Forces. The newly resettled people who spoke to the Daily
News said they were never forced to go back to their areas. In fact,
they were delighted to return to their original homes.
The people appreciated the role played by the Security Forces and the
civil administration. They appealed to the authorities to help resume