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Rights group urges Sri Lanka to open flooded camps

August 22, 2009

Associated Press

A human rights group on Tuesday urged Sri Lanka to release hundreds of thousands of war refugees from camps hit by flooding over the weekend saying their lives were in danger from disease.

The floods have renewed fears that disease could break out among minority Tamils who have been living for months behind barbed wire, in tents and in makeshift shelters, while the military hunts down the last of the Tamil Tiger rebels it defeated in May.

New York-based Human Rights Watch called on the government to let people leave and move in with friends and family, saying it would instantly ease overcrowding and deteriorating conditions made worse by the start of the rainy season.

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