Landmines fear hampers rescue work in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 28 December 2004, 09:31 GMT]
Five villages Devastated by Saturday's Tsunami are marooned as causeways and bridges have been damaged by the tidal waves. "The newly built government hospital, public buildings, schools, LTTE political offices, homes, churches and temples have been completely destroyed by the sea," Mr. S. Jeyanandamoorthy, Tamil National Alliance MP for Batticaloa, told TamilNet Tuesday. He said that relief and rescue work in the former popular tourist resorts of Pasikudah and Kalkudah has been hindered by thousands of landmines uprooted by the Tsunami from the defenses of the local SLA garrison.


Recovered bodies in Batticaloa
Photo: Political Wing of the LTTE in Batticaloa


S.JeyananthamoorthyThe Parliamentarian said that it is difficult to take humanitarian supplies to the Tsunami devastated villages in Batticaloa north because there are severe transport problems. He lamented that no urgent relief supplies have reached the areas so far. "The Liberation Tigers and local volunteers have recovered 376 bodies till Monday evening in Vakarai. Rescue work has been hampered by lack of transport and medical volunteers," the MP said.

Batticaloa video clip2
"The Panichchankerni causeway has been destroyed by the tidal waves. This is the biggest problem we face now in reaching Vakarai and enhancing rescue operations there. The government has not sent any medicines or emergency relief supplies to my electorate. I have made several appeals to Colombo. Nothing has come through up to now," the Parliamentarian said. Kathiraveli, Paalchenai, Kandaladi, Vakarai, and Kayankerni have been destroyed by the tidal waves. All permanent structures in these villages were wiped out by the surging sea, according the MP who visited the areas Monday.

"At least two thousand have been killed in these areas. We have not been able to recover the large number of bodies in Pasikudah and Kalkudah because many people here were sucked into the sea by the massive force of the waves," the MP told TamilNet.

He said that relief and rescue work in this area are going slowly because of the danger from thousands of landmines that were uprooted from the defense perimeters of the Kalkudah Army Camp.


 

Latest 15 Reports
20.10.17 07:02  
Jaffna University students boycott classes against manipulative justice of genocidal Sri Lanka
19.10.17 17:11   Photo
Sirisena disappoints student leaders, Cooray humiliates families of hunger-striking prisoners
18.10.17 23:45  
Eastern Provincial Land authority discriminates Tamils
17.10.17 18:46   Photo
Paramilitary operative employed at Cooray's secretariat in Jaffna harasses public servants
16.10.17 07:15   Photo
UN Refugee agency ignorant of stranded Tamil refugees in Indonesia
15.10.17 19:12  
Tamil fisherman rammed by intruding Sinhala fishermens’ boat, fishing disputes escalate in Jaffna
14.10.17 07:34   Photo
Tamil protesters confront Maithiripala Sirisena in Jaffna
13.10.17 17:40   Photo
North at standstill, Sampanthan not to accompany Sirisena to Jaffna
12.10.17 23:35  
SL military postpones land release for 2 years as UN awarded Colombo with 2 more years in Geneva
11.10.17 23:48   Photo
20 Tamil organisations to lay siege to SL Governor's office on Friday
10.10.17 22:05   Photo
SL ‘Manipulative Justice’ exposed once again in Tamil political prisoners’ case: Sivapalan
09.10.17 22:09  
Protests gain momentum as hunger-striking political prisoners’ health deteriorates
08.10.17 23:00   Photo
SL constitutional discourse seen coupled with ‘Vision 2025’ policy of genocidal Sri Lanka
07.10.17 23:21  
Colombo brings Sinhala private partnerships to wage structural genocide in Vanni
06.10.17 23:22  
Uprooted Tamils face ultimatum on proving land ownership in strategic Kokku’laay
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=13752