Disease outbreak in Sri Lankan camps imminent, says Christian Aid
Aid groups who are helping the people of the detention camps on their own are warning the sri lanka government about the conditions in camp that are causing huge diseases. Reason being poor sanitation and over-crowding which the government has not taken care.
Because of the overcrowd 30 people are made to stay in a 5 people tent.
People who are already malnutritioned are finding tough time inside the detention camps. Also the deaths of elderly people seems increasing.
Nine elderly IDP persons sheltered in Cheddiku'lam internment camp Saturday died due to diarrhoea. Several IDP families in the camp have been affected by diarrhoea. Cheddiku'lam Inquirer into sudden deaths Mr.E.Sahul Hameed held the inquests. Lack of proper distribution of drinking water and medical facilities was the reason for the spread of diarrhoea among the IDPs, according to Cheddiku'lam District Medical Officer.
There is an urgent need to ward off outbreaks of disease among the hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankan Tamil victims in relief camps, an international Christian development agency forewarned.
One of the UK's leading humanitarian and development charities, Christian Aid, has cautioned that with hundreds of new arrivals flooding into the camps everyday, the camps are ‘an epidemic waiting to happen’.
Robin Greenwood, the director of Christian Aid’s Asia programme, warned, "a combination of monsoon rains, poor drainage and over-crowding is the ideal breeding ground for diseases like cholera and typhoid.”
Greenhood fears that a "disease outbreak in northern Sri Lanka is imminent if the government does not tackle the problem of overcrowding and sanitation."
According to the aid agency, there are currently 30 people living in tents designed for five people.
"Now that the Sri Lankan government has sovereign control of all of its territory, it must live up to its responsibilities to its citizens and put more into the relief effort," says Greenwood.
Christian Aid has been working with its local partner organisations to respond to the humanitarian needs of those who have fled the conflict by providing much-needed relief in the camps.
Another global humanitarian aid organization, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) says, "the displaced population is living in extremely difficult conditions and it is still uncertain when they will be able to return to their home communities."
"Many of the displaced spent months trapped in the northern conflict zone, and they suffer from injuries, malnutrition, and severe trauma, " the aid agency of the United Methodist Church, said.