500 grams rice, 20 grams sugar per person to reach Vanni
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 28 April 2009, 14:31 GMT]
Despite the shelling, an ICRC ship which arrived to transport the wounded civilians brought 30 MT foods with rice, oil, and sugar to Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal Tuesday morning around 7:00 a.m., according to medical officials at the makeshift hospital in Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal. Another 30 MT is promised to be brought in Wednesday and Thursday. If the 60 MT was divided to the remaining 165,000 people, each civilian would get only 500 grams of rice and 20 grams of sugar, health officials complained, urging the authorities to allow shipment of more food items. 204 civilians were admitted at the hospital on Tuesday. 29 of them died at the hospital.
The injuries were caused by shelling of cluster munitions, Multi-Barrel rockets and artillery fire as well as gunfire. Many dead bodies were still lying on the roads north of Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal.