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Resettlement in Vadamarachchi East Begins
[Updated :: 2010-09-01 10:01:13 Hours]

Resettlements of war-displaced families in Vadamarachchi East, Jaffna began on Monday (30.08.2010) on completion of clearing the area of mines and unexploded ordnance by Army engineers and other foreign de-mining agencies.

At the first stage, eighty one families at Ampan in Marathankerni Divisional Secretariat were resettled in their village which remained a restricted area due to threat of mines and explosives laden by the LTTE during war.

A brief function graced by Commander Security Forces-Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe as Chief Guest had been organized to mark the occasion at Kudaththanai government school on Monday.

The event coincided with handing over some donations to villagers and schoolchildren. Tin roofing sheets and a stock of cement were distributed among the resettled families as a helping hand for renovation and reconstruction of their houses while forty farming families received agriculture equipment from the Chief Guest.

Meanwhile, thirty four children who showed higher performance at their studies were gifted with school items by the 52 Division.

At the same time, as continuation to SF-Jís backyard poultry project initiated by Commander SF-J to boost the daily income of families with low income and to alleviate malnutrition among children of poor families in Jaffna, 500 chicks were distributed among fifty families.

Security Forcers-Jaffna recently withdrew its camp at Pallepai and the civiliansí houses that had been occupied by the Army were handed over to their owners the same day.

Brigadier General Staff SF-J Brigadier B.C.J.A.F. Rodrigo, General Officer Commanding 52 Division Brigadier Anura Sudhasinghe, Commander 521 Brigade Lieutenant Colonel Tikiri Dissanayake, Divisional Secretary Marathankerni Mr. Sri Skandha Kumar, Zonal Director of Education Point Pedro Mr. Nanda Kumar, senior Army officers and people in the area were present on the occasion.

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