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Sri Lankan gov't says adequate food supplies in Jaffna
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08:22, September 12, 2007

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The Sri Lankan government said Tuesday said that the northern district of Jaffna is full of food and essentials as continuous supplies are ensured.

S. B. Divaratne, the commissioner general of Essential Services told reporters that the government has sent enough food to Jaffna and "no one can complain of not enough food in Jaffna now."

"We have even despatched fertilizer for Jaffna farmers," said Divaratne.

He said that the government had despatched over 152,000 tons of food to Jaffna since August 2006 when fighting broke out in the peninsula between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and government troops.

Local and international non-governmental organizations had complained of lack of food and essentials resulting in high retail prices in Jaffna in the immediate aftermath of the clashes.

Divaratne said 95 voyages by sea and 16 air lifted loads of food have been despatched to Jaffna since last August.

With the closure of the main A9 highway due to clashes the food and essentials could only be despatched by sea or air.

Around 500,000 Tamil civilians are now living in the district where the troops took control from the LTTE in late 1995.

Some 40,000 troops are currently stationed in Jaffna, the cultural capital of Sri Lanka's minority Tamil community.

Source: Xinhua

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