Sri Lanka decides to stop international donations of food and selected medical items and focus on other areas of shortage to rehabilitate tsunami victims. Sri Lanka decides to stop international donations of food and selected medical items and focus on other areas of shortage to rehabilitate tsunami victims. “We have temporarily discontinued foreign aid in some areas. That is food and medical aid because we have enough of both right now,” said Thilak Ranaviraja, the recently appointed Commissioner General of Essential Services at a press briefing on Thursday.
“There is no longer a food shortage in the North and East or the Southern areas affected by the tidal wave,” said Ranaviraja.
This, he said, includes the uncleared areas under LTTE control to the North of the island.
Foreign aid of all kind is flowing into Sri Lanka since Monday after the island’s Southern and Northeastern coasts were demolished by tidal waves on Sunday.
Now, four days after the first wave of panic and mass exodus, the island’s needs to cater to the displaced are changing.
“Now these people urgently need things like new clothes for women and children, s