The main road the Jaffna, the A9 trunk road was seriously damaged in some sections due to heavy fighting which ended last year. What is left continues to be affected by heavy rain at the moment. Though the road is not suitable for travel in many areas, such as near Elephant Pass, Chavakachcheri etc. people use it under the worst possible climatic conditions simply because there is no other choice. But large billboards that sell everything from Dialog telephone services to wall paints are on either side of the road beckoning the people to have a taste of capitalism; other blank bill boards invite companies to use their surfaces. Irrespective of the condition of the road and the vagaries of the life of people, local and global capital seem to have made their presence felt all the way to Jaffna.