Humanitarian situation worsens in northern Sri Lanka

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 18 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1248

Hunger and disease are spreading rapidly among thousands of refugees in the Vanni area of northern Sri Lanka, according to the British Refugee Council.

In its latest report on conditions in the civil war zone in the Sri Lanka Monitor, the council blames the deteriorating conditions on drought, bureaucracy, and poor communications. “Delay of food convoys to the Vanni and lack of storage and transport facilities …

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