Sri Lankan financial crisis deepens: Refugees lands in Tamil Nadu
Long lines of disgruntled people cooking outside gas stations and stationery stores have been noticed. Mandapam officials have also anticipated that if the crisis persists, 2,000 to 4,000 refugees may arrive in Tamil Nadu.
Sri Lankan refugees have begun to flood Tamil Nadu as the price of basic commodities skyrockets. On Tuesday, the Indian Coast Guard found a family of six Sri Lankan Tamils, including four children, near Fourth Island in Rameswaram and handed them over to the Coastal Security Group.
Another ten migrants, including five children, arrived on Indian shores on Wednesday. One of the migrants, Sivasankari, indicated that she left because there was no way for her to exist in Sri Lanka.
However, when crossing the sea, the engine failed, the anchor was lost, and the migrants were stranded at sea under the scorching heat. They managed to cross the water and arrive in the middle of the night after a great fight.
Another refugee, Siva, reported that rice, palm oil, and gasoline were in low supply.
"A kilo of rice costs between Rs 250 and Rs 300." Mannar was where I worked. I took my wife and my sister's family with me. Many more families are preparing to flee. We arrived in Tamil Nadu in 1990, resided at Mandap camp for 15 years, and then returned. "We must now return," he explained.
Long lines of disgruntled people cooking outside gas stations and stationery stores have been noticed.
Mandapam officials have also anticipated that if the crisis persists, 2,000 to 4,000 refugees may arrive in Tamil Nadu.
Jacintha Lazarus, Commissioner of Rehabilitation and Welfare of Non-Resident Tamils, paid a visit to the Mandapam refugee camp.
According to Jacintha, 16 Sri Lankan migrants have arrived in Tamilnadu so far, unable to live due to a severe economic crisis. However, in accordance with protocol, a complaint was launched against them for entering India without the proper documents.
"We're doing an investigation and have submitted a report." Decisions on their status would be made only after discussions between the Tamil Nadu and Indian governments. "CM Stalin has already launched 12 initiatives for Sri Lankan Tamils, including as house construction and skill training, of which eight have been implemented," Jacintha Lazarus added.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin addressed the legislature about the Sri Lankan economic crisis, saying that he has been witnessing the hardships of Tamils returning to Tamil Nadu.
He directed authorities to engage with the Union Ministry and consider legal options for dealing with the problem.