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SYDNEY, May 3 (AFP) – Hundreds of containers holding supplies for tsunami victims are stranded on a wharf in Sri Lanka because customs officers are demanding extra taxes and storage fees, according to angry Australian charity workers. SYDNEY, May 3 (AFP) – Hundreds of containers holding supplies for tsunami victims are stranded on a wharf in Sri Lanka because customs officers are demanding extra taxes and storage fees, according to angry Australian charity workers. Chris O’Dempsey, director and founder of Heart Reach Australia, told Tuesday’s The Australian newspaper he saw hundreds of relief containers from around the world at a naval port facility in the capital Colombo during a visit last week.

“I’m just so angry,” he told the newspaper.

“I’ve been involved in sending containers of supplies around the world for a long time now, and I’ve seen the difference it can make to people’s lives.

“But to have it stopped by the bureaucracy and bloody-mindedness — I wanted to kick a wall in.”

Heart Reach Australia and smaller Australian charities have sent 20 containers of clothing, kitchen utensils and household tools. After donors were approached to pay the additional fees, 17 of the containers were released.