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Prices Improve In Jaffna

Jaffna people are a little happy now. All the essential item prices are down a little bit and things are available at pavement shops. Still the prices are double or triple the market price but reduced two to three times from the January market price. Whats not easily bought are medicine and baby items.

Rice reduced from Rs170.00 to Rs70.00, soap Rs150.00 to Rs50.00, shampoo Rs35.00 to Rs5.00, matches box Rs30.00 to Rs5.00, cocunut oil Rs 1200.00 to Rs300.00. Kerosene is buffer stock.

But baby items are still in shortage.

A young father said he can’t survive in Jaffna with his babies. “I have a three years old and three months old babies all the baby things are not available in Jaffna, what do I do. Baby milk powder and baby infant is not available in Jaffna, Baby cologne and baby powder also shortage even feeding bottle and baby brush also not available in the market.” In this situation how can I survive in Jaffna with my children, he added.