Merrick Peiris, executive director of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, said "the number of refugees has doubled since yesterday in Kantale." "Over the last twenty-four hours people have been arriving on foot. They have been walking for three days without water, women are carrying new born babies." Sanitation and basic facilities such as food and housing are being provided by national aid agencies and co-ordinated by the International Red Cross Society (IRCS).
The worry now is that there are more refugees headed for such camps, putting a strain on aid agencies. Although relief efforts are able to provide basic living conditions in the short-term, the longer the fighting continues the more pressure the agencies will face. "It depends how long the fighting continues, no one has a clear picture at this point," Stacey Winston, a spokesperson from the International Federation of the Red Cross said.
Line of fire
NGOs have not escaped the fighting after 15 aid workers from the French aid agency Action Against Hunger (ACF) were found dead on Sunday. "Of course we are now a little nervous after the confirmed killing of fifteen aid workers. We believe they were shot at point-blank range while working in their offices, this was confirmed by ACF," said Krakoling. "We are shocked that there are groups of people who will not shy away from taking steps to attack humanitarian workers," he said. The aid workers are believed to have been local volunteers working on projects in tsunami-affected areas, but this has not been independently confirmed.
Ove Jansson, head of the Trincomalee district Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission, said "we haven't been able to get into Muttur because the roads have been mined and booby-trapped. No one has been able to get into Muttur to verify anything. "But we do know that many have fled and the situation is very bad." Two ambulances, which were donated by the Saudi Arabian Red Crescent were hit on Sunday. Both the driver and patient were killed in one of the vehicles, which was completely destroyed.
Source: Aljazeera.netLast Mod: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16