B. Muralidhar Reddy

COLOMBO: Even as Colombo hinted at plans to resettle nearly one lakh of the 2.5 lakh war displaced, currently housed in relief camps in the North, by mid October.

Major-General Kamal Gunaratne, the Competent Authority for the nearly 2.5 lakh war displaced, said steps were being taken to send at least 45,000 residents of Jaffna and 5,000 residents of the Eastern Province to their original villages in the coming days.

He said the displaced from the districts of Mannar and Vavuniya would also be resettled shortly. Major-General Gunaratne said pregnant mothers, the disabled, the sick and the elderly had also been permitted to leave with their relatives.

For those remaining in the camps, a monsoon-proof contingency plan was in place.