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BBC. 07:10 GMT, Tuesday, 4 May 2010 08:10 UK

In northern Sri Lanka, 80,000 war-displaced people still live in army-run camps, waiting while their devastated land is cleared of mines and jungle. Tens of thousands are now beginning to resettle near the homes they fled from, but it is not easy, says the BBC’s Charles Haviland. (more…)

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BAIDOA, 12 August 2009 (IRIN) – Isack Abdinor Satar, 80, remembers a green and lush Baidoa, in south-western Somalia, with waterfalls in areas that are now the town’s suburbs.

Over the years, population pressure, drought and changing weather patterns have caused most of these waterfalls and springs to dry up, totally changing the town’s vegetation cover and ushering in perennial water shortages.

“In my youth, water was really available any time, anywhere in town,” Satar said. “Water flowed in different directions from various sources but all these have now dried up. I think drought has seriously affected all water sources in Bay region.” (more…)

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By UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

This report was issued by OCHA Headquarters. It covers the period from 24
to 27 April 2009. The next report will be issued on or around 28 April.

There has been an increase of some
40,000 internally displaced persons
(IDPs) over the past few days, bringing
the total to over 150,000 IDPs
in the
IDP camps in Vavuniya, Jaffna, Mannar
and Trincomalee. UN estimates that
50,000 people still trapped in the
conflict zone.

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By BBC News

At least 25,000 civilians have fled a Tamil Tiger-held area in northern Sri Lanka, the military says.

People escaped after troops broke through a fortification which had been blocking their advance into the Tigers’ last stronghold, the army said.

Aerial video showed thousands of people filing out of the combat zone. Tens of thousands remain in the area, which has seen heavy fighting for months.

The government says the rebels must now surrender or face a final assault.

There was no immediate response from the rebels, who have rejected previous calls to surrender. The pro-rebel TamilNet website said several hundred civilians were feared killed and injured after troops advanced into the zone.


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