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Rain, floods add to Vanni IDPs woes

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 November 2008, 12:30 GMT]
Continuous torrential rain for four days in several areas of Vanni has caused floods, destroying temporary huts of war-displaced civilians and disrupting transport on several roads of densely populated Northeastern region of Vanni. Several hundred volunteers of Tamils Rehabilitation Organisation and other local NGO were struggling to assist the displaced civilians to find shelter in various schools, churches, temples and other public places as thousands of civilians, forced to vacate their houses due to the Sri Lankan military offensive into Vanni, were deprived of proper shelter by the blockade imposed by the Sri Lankan government.
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Funeral procession of slain Tamil students

[TamilNet, Thursday, 05 January 2006, 16:32 GMT]
The funeral procession of the five slain Tamil students, Thangathurai Sivanantha, Logithasan Rohanth, Shanmugarajah Sajeenthiran, Manoharan Rajeehar and Yogarajah Hemachandran, proceeded from the Sri Koneswara Hindu College grounds towards the Hindu Cemetery. Thousands joined the procession. Members of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) led by its Trincomalee head Mr. Arthur Tveiten were present at Sri Koneswara Hindu College grounds from the time the bodies were brought till the start of funeral procession.
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NorthEast remembers victims on Tsunami Anniversary

[TamilNet, Monday, 26 December 2005, 17:34 GMT]
Rev. Fr. James Pathinathar declared St. Peters Church in Mullaitivu a Tsunami Memorial as thousands gathered in Mullaitivu and Maruthankerni coast in Liberation Tigers held areas to mark the first anniversary of the devastating tsunami Monday. Mourners paid floral tributes, garlanded and placed food offerings in makeshift burial sites of their loved ones. A year after the disaster, promises of International reconstruction aid remains largely unused amidst Colombo's objections to allow aid flow to the NorthEast.
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Vanni hospital aims high

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 October 2005, 00:02 GMT]
Doctors, both foreign and from Tamil diaspora, have been visiting hospitals in the NorthEast, often bringing new medical equipment and training local medical practitioners with invaluable surgical knowledge and other medical diagnostic skills. Dr K Sivapalan, Medical Director at Dr Ponnampalam Memorial Hospital in Puthukkudiyiruppu, Mullaitivu district, himself has been to U.S for four weeks recently looking at different medical facilities, is keen to capitalize on and encourage diaspora interest to develop his hospital into a premier medical institution in the NorthEast.
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Pilot irrigation project explores water conservation techniques

[TamilNet, Sunday, 11 September 2005, 04:16 GMT]
A two-acre plot in Iranaimadu junction along A9 in Kilinochchi functions as a test bed to explore techniques in modern irrigation techniques that conserve water. Drip irrigation, bubbler systems, jets and micro irrigation techniques are being tested for optimum use of water. Experiments help identify suitability for practical use in the NorthEast districts where irrigation tanks and canals provide the main supply of water for agricultural use throughout the year. South Australian Tamil association is providing the financial support for this effort implemented through the NGO, The Economic Consultancy House (TECH).
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Model micro-hydro feeds electricity to rural homes

[TamilNet, Saturday, 03 September 2005, 11:53 GMT]
Many rural households in interior Vanni live close to hydro resources but do not have electricity. Pasupathy Radhakrishnan, a carpenter turned model builder, has built a compact micro-hydro that produces 3KVA and feeds electricity to 12 homes and a temple within a mile radius. The engineering experimentor has recently augmented the system with a voltage regulator and a set of trip switches, features that allow him to provide stable power with the year-long water flow guaranteed from the Mutthaiyankattu irrigation tank. Steps are underway to expand on this concept to build a bigger 30KVA system.
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Buoyant fish market brings cheer to Vadamaradchy fishermen

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 26 July 2005, 06:35 GMT]
Munai area, a fishing enclave in Point Pedro, is springing back to life again following destruction by Tsunami. One can hear the constant rattle of mechanized boats throughout the day. 30 boats out of the nearly 300 from pre-tsunami days are back on the ocean waters. David and his colleagues have returned to sea after the Tsunami imposed recess.
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Tsunami revitalizes NorthEast boat industry

[TamilNet, Sunday, 10 April 2005, 13:04 GMT]
A two acre site on A9 north of Murukandy temple, 15 km north of Kilinochchi will be soon site of a modern boat building industrial complex capable of producing two to four boats a day. Successful production of the first 18' 2" fiberglass boat by skilled veterans from the Cey-Nor collaborative ventures in Jaffna from the 1960s exhibits the NorthEast planners' keen desire to rapidly provide redress to thousands of fishermen whose fishing gear and boats have been destroyed by tsunami.
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Patch Adams leads a clown trip to tsunami hit villages in the east

[TamilNet, Thursday, 31 March 2005, 12:32 GMT]
Dr Patch Adams, a doctor from West Virginia, USA, recently visited the remote villages that were badly hit by the December 26 tsunami in the NorthEastern districts of Amparai, Batticaloa and Trincomalee with a team of 30 clown healers. Dr Adams, a former patient who inspired the Robin Williams movie "Patch Adams" released in 1998, believes in laughter, joy and creativity as integral parts of an effective healing process.
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Life inside Welfare Centres in East

[TamilNet, Sunday, 06 February 2005, 10:40 GMT]
Civil society groups have complained about the lack of co-ordination of relief work from the Sri Lanka Governments centralized relief delivery structures. Tsunami refugees in welfare centers in East complain about relief supplies not reaching them and on the unbearable heat inside tents. People in welfare centers are further forced to compete for the limited number of jobs available so that they are not totally dependent on the relief food.
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