The end of the temporary ceasefire in northern Sri Lanka

United Nations, 16 April 2009 Daily Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary General. Following the end of the temporary ceasefire in northern Sri Lanka, fighting in the vicinity of the No Fire Zone is reportedly intense, and small arms fire, mortar fire and aerial attacks have resumed.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, more than 64,000 people have crossed from conflict areas. Some 63,000 of them are accommodated in various camps, while 800 displaced persons are in hospitals in various districts.
The International Red Cross was able to evacuate 988 people from the No Fire Zone during the cease fire period.
A ship with approximately 1,030 tonnes of humanitarian supplies is being loaded for departure to the No Fire Zone and is expected to leave in 3 days.
In the camps in the Vanni region, shelter construction, site clearing, educational support, health care, water supply and sanitation assistance are continuing. But water and sanitation services remain inadequate.
OCHA says that the continued use of schools and other education establishments as sites for internally displaced persons continues to put a strain on the education services in the district, which is affecting both displaced students and host students.

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