The UN yesterday dispatched 500 tonnes of basic relief food commodities (Wheat flour, lentils, sugar and vegetable oil), on a Government arranged vessel sailing under the ICRC flag for the tens of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the ‘safe zone’ of Mullaitivu.
According to a statement from the WFP the food sent to the area will be sufficient to feed approximately 100,000 persons for a period of 10 days. This is in addition to the 160 metric tonnes earlier dispatched by sea to the conflict zone.
WFP also extends its food assistance to meet the needs of the displaced persons who have fled the conflict zone and are accommodated in transit camps/welfare villages in Jaffna, Mannar and Vavuniya.
The WFP, in collaboration with the Government and others, supports ‘communal cooking’ that is currently operating in the IDP centres.