World Bank helps ethnic cleansing victims in Sri Lanka

The World Bank signed a $32 million soft loan agreement with Sri Lanka to provide housing, water supply and sanitation assistance to 20,600 Sinhalese and Muslim families displaced by ethnic cleansing in the Jaffna peninsular by the Tamil Tigers in 1990. The credit, according to Sri Lankan Finance Ministry Secretary P.B. Jayasundera, will give cash grants to help rebuild 9,600 homes and construct flood-control drainage systems and 100 kilometers of roads to connect the north-western Puttalam district, where the families now stay, to the main highways. “It (Puttalam) is bordering the northern area and has poverty levels higher than the national average,” said World Bank Country Director Naoko Ishii. (Source: Sri Lanka gets World Bank cash to help Tamil Tiger ‘ethnic cleansing’ victims/Lanka Business Online)

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