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A Competent Authority Officer and three Coordinating Officers appointed to look into the welfare of war displaced civilians

Colombo, 24 April, (Asiantribune.com): To look into the welfare of the displaced civilians, Government of Sri Lanka has appointed Army Chief of Staff as Competent Authority Officer and three Government Agents as Coordinating Officers.

Army Chief of Staff Major General G. A. Chandrasiri today has been appointed as the Competent Authority officer under emergency law to promote war displaced civilians welfare. All welfare measures aimed at displaced civilians will be under overall supervision of the newly appointed officer.

Concurrent with the appointment of the Competent Authority, Kandy GA Gotabhaya Jayarathna, Pollonnaruwa GA D. A. Lal Wimal, and Anuradhapura GA H. M. K. Herath have been appointed as coordinating officers.

Three coordinating officers will assist in all welfare measures while Vavuniya Government Agent (GA) mediating in between to smoothen the process.

Kandy GA has been assigned to coordinate constructions, shelter, and lodging, while Pollonnaruwa GA is to coordinate food, health and sanitation. Anuradhapura GA will be assigned water supply, electricity and infrastructure.

In the meantime 2,934 more civilians have entered into the cleared areas in the past couple of hours by Friday (24) noon.

Also Sri Lankan Navy continuing with its humanitarian assistance to save thousands held hostage by LTTE has reportedly escorted a total of 1284 civilians including 447 children from the troubled Mullaittivu waters to Pulmoddai yesterday (Apr 23).

In addition 523 more civilians and patients had arrived on board 'MV Green Ocean' to Pulmoddai along with ICRC officials Thursday (23) under naval escort.

- Asian Tribune -