Chennai: 19 nationals from Sri Lanka, who are suffering from financial problems, crossed Jaffna and Mannar and reached Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu by boat. Earlier on Friday, a family of four persons, including two children, had also reached Dhanushkodi. The Sri Lankan Tamils said that due to the severe economic crisis, it has become very difficult to live in Sri Lanka and there has been a steep rise in the prices of essential commodities there.
Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since gaining independence from Britain in 1948. India has recently announced a $1 billion loan to Sri Lanka as financial assistance to tackle the economic crisis. The Indian High Commission on Wednesday announced the sending of two more fuel ships to Colombo under a loan. A consignment of rice from India to Sri Lanka is also being sent.
Tamil Nadu CM M K Stalin on Thursday informed the Centre that Tamil Nadu is ready to send essential items like rice and life-saving medicines to Sri Lanka keeping in mind the welfare of Tamils. All they need is permission for distribution through the Indian High Commission there. So far, 39 Sri Lankan Tamils, including women and children, have reached the Indian coast to seek asylum. Sri Lanka is currently facing an economic threat. In view of this, many people are reaching the Tamil Nadu border to seek refuge in India.