UNHCR reports 20,000 displaced in Sri Lanka

The UN refugee agency reported yesterday that more than 20,000 people have been displaced over the last three weeks due to fighting between the Sri Lankan Government and Tamil separatists.

Yoko Akasaka, head of the UNHCR field office in Batticaloa, said “Sites are hosting people at twice their actual capacity, the district is facing a potential food shortage and many families have been separated in flight or during transport to emergency sites.” More

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