Five people belonging to a family from Killinochchi have reached the Indian waters at Dhanuskodi first islet this morning (24).
The Hindu reported that, the total number of refugees camping at the Special Camp in Mandapam now increases to 214.
An aged woman from Sri Lanka had died at a hospital at Madurai due to age related ailment recently.
The Marine Police at Mandapam, on receipt of a call from local fishermen, brought the five refugees to the shore at around 8 a.m.
Investigations revealed that the breadwinner of the family was a daily wage earner and had lost his job following the economic crisis.
He had travelled to India after borrowing Rs.200,000 from friends and relatives.
After fixing up an agent at Mannar yesterday, he, along with his wife and three children sailed in a fibre vessel and got dropped at a location near Dhanuskodi islet in the early hours.
After due verification of their identities, the Marine Police officers sent them to the Rehabilitation Centre at Mandapam.
The officers at the Centre said that the Tamil Nadu government has provided shelter and food for the refugees.