We are coping with the exodus, says Govt.

Published on 26 April 2009

According to official estimates, about 110,000 people have entered government-controlled areas over the past week, raising the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) in the government-held areas to more than 178,000. (…) World Food Programme (WFP), country director Adnan Khan said they always maintained a buffer stock of some 1,000 tonnes of food at a centre in Vavuniya and much more in their Colombo bases. “We do not foresee a food crisis at the moment, but things could change as the numbers keep piling on and therefore we have appealed for more assistance from the international donor community,” Mr. Khan told The Sunday Times. “We are facing the issue on two tracks. One is to send supplies to the IDPs in Vavuniya, Jaffna and elsewhere and the other to those still trapped in the safe zone. Our intention is to reach out to the safe zone as long as there are non combatants in that area and we are working closely with the authorities to this end,” Mr. Khan said. He added that a shipload of supplies intended for the safe zone was currently anchored at the Trincomalee port but that it maybe re-directed to the Jaffna peninsula due to security reasons.

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