Muthur - Aug 24, a deserted town

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Roads stay deserted, shops remain closed in Muthur

The entire population of Muthur is displaced, except for few families, which have decided to stay put in their hometown. There were 50, 529 Muthur civilians registered as displaced. They left Muthur on August 4th 2006, after fighting began with the Government security forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Most of them walked to Kantale, while others used tractors, vans, and bullock carts.

They stay in schools and places of worship. They do not want to return to Muthur, because of fear. The welfare camps are over crowded. The internally displaced people are worried about health and privacy issues. It's very difficult to stay in the canvass and plastic tents, during warm weather.

Residents take risk to come to Muthur amidst shelling and bombing to safeguard their belongings

Houses on the coastal belt in Muthur Jetty are damaged

Security personnel patrol on bicycles in Muthur

Action contre la Faim (Action against hunger) vacating their office from Muthur

Residents of Muthur say that, they will not return to their homes, until their safety is assured

"There are innocent civilians getting killed daily, and people are displaced in thousands. The fighting should stop immediately, and the negotiations have to begin without further delay" says Veeran Shanmugam, Supervisor (Logistics) of Action contre la Faim (Action against hunger)

Newly built Tsunami reconstructed houses are damaged in Thaqua Nagar