TN expects 2,000 to flee SL’s economic crisis in coming weeks

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Fleeing a severe economic crisis back home, 16 Sri Lankan Tamils from Jaffna and Mannar reached Tamil Nadu in two batches yesterday (22), according to Indian media reports.

The first set of six refugees, including three children, were stranded near an island off the coast of Rameswaram and rescued by Coast Guard.

The second group of ten reached late in the night.

Sources in Tamil Nadu Police told The Indian Express the refugees were fleeing unemployment and shortage of food in Sri Lanka.

And reports from the northern Tamil-dominated regions of Lanka indicate that this may just be the beginning.

Intelligence officers in Tamil Nadu have obtained information that “around 2,000 refugees” are likely to arrive in the coming weeks.