Rain impedes food delivery to Jaffna

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 14 November 2006, 16:52 GMT]
Heavy monsoon rains have severely hampered unloading of food items from ships docked near Point Pedro Jetty, Jaffna Secretariat sources said. According to port authority sources in Point Pedro, rough seas and continuous rain have reduced quantity unloaded to 50% of the target daily amount and that they fear the situation may further worsen in the next two months.

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Two ships already anchored in the harbour may have to wait long due to unfavourable weather, the sources added.

Meanwhile, long lines of people have been seen waiting outside the multi purpose cooperative societies since early morning 4:00 a.m., braving the peninsula wide curfew in effect.

The consortium of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs)authorities have pointed out that the available supply of food is inadequate to meet even the very basic needs of the people in the North and if immediate alternate arrangements are not made several vulnerable sections of the district population may face hunger.




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