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February 09 (LBO) – A ship carrying essential foodstuff from India is due to reach the Jaffna peninsular next week, an official said. The first ship had brought of 3,200 tonnes of essential foods and this ship would have 1,000 tonnes of rice, 500 tonnes of sugar among its cargo, Nalin Fernando, chairman of the state-owned Co-operative Wholesale Establishment (CWE) said.

The goods would be distributed through the district secretary’s office.

The CWE also has six distribution outlets in Jaffna, Fernando said.

Food shortages drove prices up in Jaffna after the main highway linking the peninsular to the south of the country was closed last year.

On January 21, LTTE suicide boats attacked a merchant vessel chartered by a Sri Lankan firm, while unloading food at Jaffna’s Kankasanthurai harbour. . (vimasuma.com newsdesk)

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