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UN short of funds for Lanka rehab

world Updated: Aug 27, 2010 00:25 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
Hindustan Times
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The United Nations is facing a shortage of millions of dollars needed to carry out humanitarian work among the displaced in Sri Lanka.

A shortfall in funding has not only impacted the thousands of displaced remaining in camps for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) but is also likely to affect the economic recovery of those released, Neil Buhne, the UN’s resident coordinator, said on Thursday.

“Although generous donations of about US$ 125 million have made these response operations possible, US$ 165 million more is needed to cover gaps for activities planned by the UN and humanitarian organisations during the remainder of 2010 in support of the national programmes,’’ Buhne said.

He added funding shortages have reduced the capacity to deliver immediate assistance to the residual camp population and returning communities.

Around 35,000 IDPs still are in camps while about 2,00,000 have returned to their villages in the north. Nearly 3,00,000 Tamils were displaced during the end of the conflict in 2009.

“The job is not yet done. It is still a critical period and we ask for your continued support to meet the remaining crucial needs” Buhne said.