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Sri Lanka collecting info on students in South India amid COVID-19 outbreak

ECONOMYNEXT – The Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai announced earlier today that it is in the process of compiling details of Sri Lankan students in South India and is “working on ensuring their safety and welfare” amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Out of some 600 Sri Lankan students in India, 191 in the southern states have registered with the mission, the Deputy High commission said.

“The Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission is in touch with the students and respective institutions to ensure their welfare and has advised all students to stay indoors and remain safe with all precautionary measures. This Mission constantly monitors their situation and is committed to assist and ensure the safety and welfare of the students,” it said.

Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, meanwhile, launched “Contact Sri Lanka”, a web portal for Sri Lankans abroad to voluntarily register at www.contactsrilanka.mfa.gov.lk.

“Registration by country will also allow the Ministry to propose concrete policy decisions to critical response situations, which include evacuation depending on the number of emergency assistance requests generated,” the statement said. (Colombo/Mar27/2020)

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