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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2609

Government to send food to uncleared areas of Vakarai

By Vandana Jayasinghe - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 15 January, ( While having discussions with the armed forces to get access to Vakarai, in which a serious humanitarian crisis is looming, the government is awaiting a response from the Liberation of Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) through international organizations to send necessary items to people trapped in the uncleared areas of Vakarai.

In Vakarai, according to UNHCR and Ministry of Disaster Management, over 20,000 people are in the brinks of starvation due to lack of access to the area due to fighting. The government has sent 20 lorry loads of essential items including food items and medicine before the Christmas and after that no stocks have been sent to Vakarai.

However, the government has decided to send food items soon to prevent a disaster. According to Sundaram Arumainayaham, Government Agent Batticaloa, there are over 9,506 people, majority them are elders, sick and children, are those trapped in Vakarai, as they are unable to face the difficulties when fleeing to cleared areas.

"International humanitarian agencies have already started discussions with the LTTE to get access to Vakarai. According to information these people run out of food and medicine," he added.

Once finalized the government is to send essential items including medicine and infant milk powder to Vakarai. GA said that most probably the government can send the stocks with in the week.
Arumainayaham said that the Grama Sevaka and the remaining government officers would be instructed to handle the distribution to avoid the stocks being taken by the LTTE cadres.

- Asian Tribune -

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