19 Jun 2016

Sri Lankan asylum seekers given access to Sumatra

9:53 am on 19 June 2016

Dozens of Sri Lankan asylum seekers stranded on a broken down boat off the Indonesian island of Sumatra have been allowed to come ashore.

The group, which is on its way to Australia, had originally been refused permission to disembark.

Lilianne Fan of Asia's Overseas Development Institute said poor weather was delaying their journey.

"The official line that's been given to them is that they will be allowed to stay until the boat is repaired.

One of the things that have delayed their departure, in fact, is that the boat has not been fixed yet and secondly, the weather has been extremely bad."