Sri Lanka to have a true census after 30 years
After the 1981 census, the government failed to conduct census in most parts of the Northern and Eastern Provinces that were under influence of the Tamil Tiger guerrillas who were militarily defeated in May 2009.
The population figures the state has now are inaccurate due to theese incomplete census. This was clearly displayed with the government's calculations on the number of people in the uncleared areas during the last leg of the siege against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE). There are around 280,000 internally displaced persons in refugee camps now although the government calculated far less number of people in the no-fire zone during the last stage of the war.
Sri Lanka Statistics Department projects the population is above 20 million now. It is believed that 80,000 people were killed in the 30 year civil war in Sri Lanka.