Adequate food supplies for Wanni
UN representatives allowed to accompany convoys to
COLOMBO: Dismissing certain reports about a shortage of food and
other essential items in the Wanni, Essential Services Commissioner
S.B.Divarathna said yesterday that there was enough stocks for six
months stored in Vavuniya, and these would be delivered continuously to
Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi.
According to Divarathna 75 to 80 lorries are already being loaded
with stocks amounting to 1,000 tons expected to reach uncleared areas
before next Saturday.
This is to be followed by another consignment of 4,000 tons of
essential items in the coming weeks. According to Divarathna, UN
representatives have been allowed to accompany the convoys to witness
Divarathna added that this was the first time that such a large
convoy would reach these areas as the normal practice was to send around
20 lorries at a time.
He added that 250 field trucks had been reserved to transport
essential items without delay although Government Agents in the areas
possessed enough stocks for the time being.
Authorities said moves are underway to make Vavuniya a humanitarian
assistance hub to help an exodus of IDPs due to the military operations
in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu.
Strict orders have been relayed to both Security Forces and
authorities to make a safe passage for civilians fleeing from uncleared
areas and make all arrangements for their safety and wellbeing,