UK’s Contribution to Demining in Sri Lanka Exceeds £5 Million

DeminingFullDuring the past five years, Britain has provided a total of £5.1 million towards demining activities in Sri Lanka. From 2010 to 2014, Britain has contributed £3.5 million to The HALO Trust for demining work in former war-affected areas of the country. Last year, Britain announced a further £1.6 million from July 2014 for a period of 18 months.

The British High Commissioner for Sri Lanka Mr. John Rankin, during his recent tour of the Northern Province, said that the United Kingdom has been a long-time supporter of the demining process in Sri Lanka.

The HALO Trust, a UK-based organisation, which removes hazardous debris of war, works in the Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts and conducts mine risk awareness and educational programmes.

Speaking about the current state of mine clearance, Army Spokesman Brig. Ruwan Wanigasooriya said that only an area of 80 sq. km. remains to be demined in eight districts of the Northern and Eastern provinces. He also pointed out that the remaining regions consist of forest areas.

Sources:

Media Centre of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development
British High Commission in Sri Lanka

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Mine Awareness Programme by Army Engineers Continues

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Nearly 250 students and teachers and over 100 adults took part in two mine awareness programmes organized by the 10 Field Sri Lanka Engineers of the Sri Lanka Army early this month. To educate the children and villagers of respective areas and prevention of hazardous incidents occurred due to explosion of mines and UXOs (Unexploded Explosive Ordnance) was the purpose of those programmes.

The first was organized on 04th at Iyakkachchi and the second was at Nagarkovil with assistance of the Halo Trust. Participants were educated to keep the closest security authority informed if one such item was seen without trying to test it.

Army is continuously organizing these programmes in affected areas and getting positive response from the civilians.

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