8 SL refugees disembark at Dhanushkodi, investigation ongoing

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DHANUSHKODI: Eight Sri Lankan people, including three men, two women, two male children and one female child, arrived in Dhanushkodi as refugees early morning at 2 a.m. today, police said. The three families were from Jaffna, Talaimannar and Trincomalee, Q branch police reported.

Q Branch is one of the wings of the CID (Criminal Investigation Department) of the Tamil Nadu Police. The investigation is ongoing and Coastal Security Group Police are investigating the matter. Dhanushkodi is an abandoned town on the southeastern tip of Pamban Island in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. It lies southeast of Pamban and about 24 kilometers west of Talaimannar in Sri Lanka.

The economic crisis in Sri Lanka has triggered an exodus. They are economic refugees trying to escape a dire situation in Sri Lanka, which is reeling from a severe economic crisis. Earlier in March, three Sri Lankan Tamils ​​were arrested under various sections of the Indian Passport Act and Aliens Act and remanded in custody following an order by the Rameshwaram court.

Tamils ​​who have no way to survive due to food shortages and high inflation following the economic crisis in Sri Lanka are preparing to leave the island nation and enter India as refugees. Notably, Sri Lanka is facing the worst economic crisis since its independence in 1948, leading to severe shortages of essential items like food, medicine, cooking gas and fuel across the island nation.

The country on the verge of bankruptcy, with an acute currency crisis that led to a default on external debt payments, announced in April that it was suspending the repayment of nearly $ 7 billion in external debt due for this year on approximately $25 billion due through 2026.

Total external debt of Sri Lanka. The economic crisis has particularly affected food security, agriculture, livelihoods and access to health services. Food production in the last harvest season was 40-50% lower than last year, and the current agricultural season is at risk, with shortages of seeds, fertilizer, fuel and credit.

Sri Lanka is one of the few countries named by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) that is expected to go without food due to the global food shortage expected this year.

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