Severe Food Shortage In Aluthgama Beruwala And Dharga Town After Clashes

A severe food shortage has occurred in Aluthgama, Beruwala and Dharga Town where thousands of residents do not have access to essential food items due to closure of shops. 

A large number of Muslims have still not returned to their houses following yesterday's clash. A considerable number of shops and houses have been damaged by angry mobs who took to streets last night despite police curfew. 
 
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The growing violence brought day to day activities in those areas to a grinding halt. As the clash occurred unexpectedly, people in the area, both the Sinhalese and the Muslims, did not have enough time to stock up essential food items. At the same time, authorities are finding it difficult to fulfill the needs of people who have gathered in mosques due to fear of being attacked. 
 
When Asian Mirror contacted the Disaster Management Centre (DMC), one of its senior officials said there were aware of the situation and finding ways to overcome this problem. They said they were in touch with the Police to resolve this matter. 
 
"However, due to police curfew and other constraints, we are finding it difficult to reach out to those who are in need. Although we requested the Police to coordinate this, we have received a favourable response from them," the official said on the condition of anonymity. 
 
When we contacted a senior Police officer on the ground, he said they were doing their best to look into the needs of those who are in mosques. But, it is clear that the authorities have fallen short of finding a permanent solution.
 
Although the situation is now tranquil in Aluthgama, Beruwala and Dharga Town, normalcy has not yet been restored in the areas.
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