Baby, four Sri Lankan Tamils ​​rescued after 2 days without food in Ramanathapuram district – Reuters

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RAMESWARAM: Five Sri Lankan Tamils, including a six-month-old baby, who were stranded on a sandbank near Dhanushkodi in Ramanathapuram district for almost two days without food or water, were rescued by marine police on Friday with the help of fishermen.

Marine Police said the family from the Thalavadi region of Sri Lanka had been transported on a boat from Mannar and dropped off on the fifth sandbar off Dhanushkodi.

S Saparin (33), who embarked on the perilous journey with his wife Rathika (36) and children Sagith (7), Salma (4) and Sagin (six months), said he had to flee the island nation due to punitive economic distress. .

Speaking to reporters, Saparin said, “Finding a job to earn money to meet our daily expenses has become difficult in Sri Lanka. We couldn’t even buy a packet of cookies. We started our journey from Mannar and were dropped off at the sandbar two days ago. We waited there without food or water. As we waited, members of the Sri Lankan Navy suddenly opened fire on the sandbar. We lay on the sandbar for hours to avoid being hit by bullets. Another person who was with us jumped into the sea and tried to escape. We don’t know what happened to him. The police arrived after local fishermen informed them of our fate.

After being rescued, the five Tamils ​​received first aid and were accommodated at Mandapam camp with other Lankan exiles after interrogation. Thus, the total number of Sri Lankan Tamils ​​who arrived in Tamil Nadu since March this year has risen to 174. A police investigation has been opened based on the statement made by the family.

RAMESWARAM: Five Sri Lankan Tamils, including a six-month-old baby, who were stranded on a sandbank near Dhanushkodi in Ramanathapuram district for almost two days without food or water, were rescued by marine police on Friday with the help of fishermen. Marine Police said the family from the Thalavadi region of Sri Lanka had been transported on a boat from Mannar and dropped off on the fifth sandbar off Dhanushkodi. S Saparin (33), who embarked on the perilous journey with his wife Rathika (36) and children Sagith (7), Salma (4) and Sagin (six months), said he had to flee the island nation due to punitive economic distress. . Speaking to reporters, Saparin said, “Finding a job to earn money to meet our daily expenses has become difficult in Sri Lanka. We couldn’t even buy a packet of cookies. We started our journey from Mannar and were dropped off at the sandbar two days ago. We waited there without food or water. As we waited, members of the Sri Lankan Navy suddenly opened fire on the sandbar. We lay on the sandbar for hours to avoid being hit by bullets. Another person who was with us jumped into the sea and tried to escape. We don’t know what happened to him. The police arrived after local fishermen informed them of our fate. After being rescued, the five Tamils ​​received first aid and were accommodated at Mandapam camp with other Lankan exiles after interrogation. Thus, the total number of Sri Lankan Tamils ​​who arrived in Tamil Nadu since March this year has risen to 174. A police investigation has been opened based on the statement made by the family.

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