Sri Lanka

Housing for growing number of Sri Lanka’s displaced major concern, says UN

With the number of people crossing out of the conflict zone in northern Sri Lanka growing daily, and several camps already very congested, the United Nations today voiced its continuing concern over accommodations for civilians fleeing the fighting between the Government and Tamil rebels.

Getting civilians out of Sri Lankan combat zone ‘top priority’ – UN relief chief

The estimated 50,000 people still trapped in the conflict zone in northern Sri Lanka are at great risk and the top priority must be to get them out as quickly as possible, the top United Nations relief official stressed today, again appealing for a further humanitarian pause in the fighting.

Sri Lanka coping with twin humanitarian crises, top UN official says on visit

The United Nations humanitarian chief warned today that Sri Lanka faces what amounts to two distinct crises, as he toured camps for people who fled fighting in the country’s north between Government troops and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Sri Lanka: UN ramps up aid to over 150,000 displaced by conflict

The United Nations refugee agency today began an emergency airlift operation targeting the some 150,000 people uprooted by intense armed conflict between Government forces and separatist Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka, as the world body’s top relief official continues his visit to the South Asian nation.

Sri Lanka: Top UN relief official to call for release of civilians trapped in fighting

The top United Nations humanitarian official arrived in Sri Lanka on The top United Nations humanitarian official arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday to press for the release of tens of thousands of civilians still confined to a shrinking pocket of land on the country's north-east coast, which has been fiercely defended by separatist Tamil rebels against a Government military offensive since December.

Top UN relief official heading to Sri Lanka

With civilians still caught in crossfire between Government forces and separatist Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka, the top United Nations humanitarian official will head to the South Asian nation for a three-day visit, it was announced today.

Secretary-General to dispatch UN relief team to Sri Lankan combat zone

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that he will immediately send a United Nations humanitarian team to the shrinking conflict zone in northern Sri Lanka, calling for the mission to be allowed into the area as soon as possible.

Sri Lanka: tens of thousands still trapped in shrinking combat zone, UN says

The United Nations voiced deep concern today over the safety of tens of thousands of civilians trapped in a shrinking pocket of land on Sri Lanka’s north-east coast where fighting rages between the military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Sri Lanka: 40,000 more flee battle zone – UN

An estimated 40,000 more people have fled Sri Lanka's north-eastern coastal pocket, where the military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are engaged in fierce fighting, the United Nations refugee agency has reported.

Sri Lanka: Ban welcomes civilians’ escape from conflict zone

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the escape of tens of thousands of civilians from the conflict zone in north-eastern Sri Lanka, where they had been trapped in fighting between Government troops and rebel separatist Tamil forces.