60 food lorries leave for North
Quick humanitarian relief for displaced in
Killinochchi, Mullaitivu :
COLOMBO: Arrangements have made to expeditiously dispatch 60
lorries with essential food items to the North where people have been
displaced due to military operations Resettlement and Disaster Relief
Services, Minister Rishard Bathiudeen said.
"This decision was taken on Monday at a special meeting presided by
MP and Senior Advisor to the President, Basil Rajapaksa at the
Presidential Secretariat, the Minister said.
This emergency decision was taken to provide quick humanitarian
relief measures to the displaced in the Killinochchi and Mullaitivu
districts, he said. Sixty lorry loads consisting of dry rations,
drinking water, sanitary requirements will be dispatched to these areas.
Empty lorries returning to Vavuniya from Mullaitivu will be loaded
with essential food items and sent to welfare centres where IDPs are
living. Lorries reaching Vavuniya will be under the direct control of
the Government Agent and the full complement of essential items
requested by Government Agents will be made available, Bathiudeen said.
The Minister said arrangements are under way to dispatch another 100
lorry loads of essential items to the displaced persons in this area by
next week. Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal, Donald Perera, Essential
Services Commissioner General Divaratna, UN World Food Program Director
Neil Buhne, Representatives of World Food Programme and Ministry
Secretary A. C. M. Razik also participated in the discussion.