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US Consul-General visits Lankan refugee camps in TN

india Updated: Oct 24, 2009 18:24 IST
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US Consul-General Andrew Thomas Simkin has expressed satisfaction over basic amenities at the refugee camps for Sri Lankan Tamils in the state.

Simkin, who visited the refugee camp at Mandapam near here last evening along with consulate officials, told reporters they inspected the camps in Rameswaram and in Tuticorin District and were satisfied with the basic amenities provided by the state government.

He visited the camps to assess whether aid provided by a US-based funding agency to a voluntary organisation OFFER, taking up welfare measures for the refugees in the camps, were being utilised properly, officials said.

OFFER is providing funds to maintain toilets and for drinking water and housing facilites to the refugees. Secretary of OFFER Suriyakumari and director Zakhariyas also accompanied Simkin.