Nearly 1,000 families left to be resettled in EP

By Pabodha Hettige

Resettlement in the Eastern province is nearing completion. But, nearly one thousand families are still waiting to be resettled in the Trincomalee district, an official from the Ministry of Resettlement said.

"Though alternative lands have been proposed for those families, they prefer to be resettled in their original lands, which are still under mine clearance," Secretary to the Ministry of Resettlement B. M. U. D. Basnayake said.

The ministry has taken steps to resettle them as soon as the mine clearance certificate is given by the government, he said.

Mines have already been cleared from a land area of 3,692 sq. km so far, Military spokesman Major General Ubaya Medawela said. "Nearly 390,350 mines have been cleared from war affected North and Eastern provinces. Priority will be given to the areas such as Mullaitive, Kilinochchi and Pudukudirippu, where the remaining IDPs in the Nothern Province are scheduled to be resettled. The other areas will be cleared subsequently, Medawela said.

Responding to a query, he said that approximately 500 square km of land remains to be cleared and although the technical surveys have been done, he could not confirm the exact land area.

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