TUMAGASKODA, 11 October 2012 (IRIN) – The Sri Lankan village of Atumagaskoda is only 6km from the town of Vavuniya — the financial and business hub in the north since the end of the country’s long civil war – but in development terms it is years away. Village roads here were cleared of jungle shrub and made suitable for vehicle travel only last week, almost three and half years after the war’s end. “We have waited long for this. Finally, we got our roads cleared,” Punchirala Ranbanda, a village elder, told IRIN.
Rural residents in Sri Lanka’s former northern war zone (locally known as the Vanni) express frustration at being left behind in the fast-track development taking place near main towns and highways like the A9, A32 and A35, all of which are being widened. Continue reading