Sri Lankan Navy thwarts migration attempt, detains more than 100 people

Colombo [Sri Lanka]June 28 (ANI): The Sri Lankan Navy has detained more than 100 people in two days who tried to migrate to Australia by boat, a local media outlet reported citing the Sri Lankan Navy’s media unit.

According to the Navy’s media unit, the unit detained at least 47 people at sea off the coast of Negombo on Monday evening, including 5 people smugglers and 34 men, 6 women and 7 children, Colombo Gazette reported.

The naval media unit said a suspicious multi-day trawler was detected at sea by naval boats, after which they conducted the search.

According to the Colombo Gazette, the individuals are said to be residents of Mannar, Kilinochchi, Jaffna, Kattankudy, Wennapuwa, Chilaw and Batticaloa.

On Monday, the Sri Lankan seized a 54-person fishing trawler during a search operation in the eastern seas.

Among those arrested were 52 men and 2 women. The suspects were residents of Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Mullaitivu and Jaffna, aged between 19 and 53. They have been handed over to the Trincomalee Harbor Police in Sri Lanka.

Earlier this month, on June 15, during a special operation conducted by the Sri Lankan Navy in the eastern seas, the navy detained an additional 64 people who attempted to migrate by boat, Colombo Gazette reported.

In recent months, the Sri Lankan Navy has detained many people who tried to migrate illegally via the sea routes.

In particular, Sri Lanka has faced an unprecedented economic crisis since independence in 1948, which has resulted in an acute shortage of essential items such as food, medicine, cooking gas and fuel throughout the island.

The nearly bankrupt country, with an acute currency crisis that resulted in foreign debt default, announced in April that it was suspending nearly $7 billion in foreign debt service for this year from about $25 billion owed through 2026. total foreign debt.

The economic crisis has particularly affected food security, agriculture, livelihoods and access to health services. Food production in the last crop season was 40 to 50 percent lower than last year, and the current farming season is at risk, with seeds, fertilizers, fuel and credit shortages. (ANI)