The Tamil Nadu government is aiming to boost the number of refugee camps in the southern state as it prepares for a larger stream of refugees in the coming days. Economic Crisis
On Sunday morning, a total of 21 refugees from the conflict-torn island of Sri Lanka arrived in the Tamil Nadu city of Rameswaram.
Refugees were located near a sand mound in Rameswaram’s Dhanushkodi on Sunday and taken into custody by the Indian Coast Guard and Tamil Nadu Marine police, according to a report by news agency IANS. They were then taken to the Mandapam police station and interrogated for many hours.
The passengers arrived in India in two fishing boats, according to police officials, and they are expected to be relocated to the Mandapam refugee camp.
Earlier on Saturday, four Sri Lankan Tamils, including a man and his wife, as well as their two children, crossed the border into India and were taken into the Mandapam refugee camp in Chennai.
They claimed that they were living in terrible poverty and did not have the financial means to provide even basic meals for their children, and that they had no choice but to travel to India in order to escape their situation. Economic Crisis
Kishanthan (34) explained to reporters that there was no food and that the family had to go to bed without eating for numerous days because of this. He even claimed that Sri Lankan fisherman assisted the family in their attempt to cross the ocean to reach Dhanushkodi on the Indian side of the island.
The Tamil Nadu government is aiming to boost the number of refugee camps in the southern state as it prepares for a larger stream of refugees in the coming days.
According to reports in the media, Chief Minister MK Stalin has already issued directions to the various state government offices to prepare for the entrance of additional Sri Lankan Tamils as the situation in the island nation continues.
He went so far as to write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, pleading for their assistance in the investigation.
It is worth noting that since the island nation’s economic problems began, as many as 41 refugees had arrived on the Indian coasts.