Shelter lacking for victims of floods in Kilinochchi
[TamilNet, Friday, 20 December 2002, 18:42 GMT]
The floods during the past few days in the Kilinochchi district have
destroyed 46 homes in the Anaivilunthan area and residents
have sought refuge in the only school in the area, but as the roof of the
school has been damaged they are without proper shelter, officials in
The officials said that the Akkarayankulam irrigation tank is overflowing by
3 feet of water, and 25 homes in Samathanpuram near the tank have been
submerged in floods.
In the Mullaitivu district, small tanks in Maruthankulam,
Palayamurikandikulam, Thorankandalkulam, Ampalaperumalkulam,
Kotaikaddinakulam, Visuvamadukulam and Udaiyarkaddukulam are overflowing
and the floods have cut off transport on many roads, said Ms. Imelda
Sukumar, the government agent for Mullaitivu.
Ms. Sukumar said that a large number of people displaced by war, who have
returned to their homes as a result of the current peace, were engaged in
agriculture, and the danger is that their agricultural produce may be
Using irrigation schemes large and small, farmers are currently using about
96% of the agricultural land in the Mullaitivu district for paddy
Meanwhile, a fisherman in Mullaitivu, Mr. Krishnapillai Satyanantharajah
(30), a father of three, lost his life to deep currents as he was pushing
his fishing boat from the shore to the sea Thursday morning, sources said.
The body has not been found yet.