Government officials visit Paduvankarai

[TamilNet, Saturday, 28 April 2007, 18:58 GMT]
A team of government officials visited Paduvankarai region in Batticaloa district Friday, for the first time after residents had fled the region due to the offensive by the Sri Lankan armed forces in March, sources in Batticaloa said. The team consisting of officials from the Departments of Education, Health, Electricity, Highways, Irrigation, Cooperatives and Agrarian Services were joined by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) commanders and Senior Superintendent of Police, Batticaloa.

The team visited the villages of Palayadiveddai, Vellavely and Palukamam in the Porathivu Pattu (Vellavely) division and inspected the damages inflicted to the public buildings and civilian properties.

The team found out that all the doors and windows of the Porathivu Pattu Divisional secretariat, Head Office of the Porathivu- Palukamam Multi Purpose Cooperative society, Palukamam government hospital and number of schools were broken and removed and all the valuable articles inside stolen.

Porathivu School was destroyed completely and a number of computers were stolen from the Divisional Secretariat.

Palukamam Samurththy Bank was also destroyed in shell attack.

The houses in several areas have been pried open, and offiicals fear that the valuable articles might have been stolen. In the meantime, the fate of the cattle stayed behind is not clear.

Meanwhile, all monuments built by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have been destroyed.

The SLA stationed in the area told the team that only 27 old men are presently staying in the area.

Though the motive of the team's visit was to find ways to resettle the IDPs, no specific date for resettlement was announced by the SLA.

However, the government officials expressed concern over the remaining properties of the civilians and advised that only the early resettlement would save the rest of their properties. They viewed that the move also would solve the number of problems faced by around 150,000 IDPs in the IDP camps.

Meanwhile, Special Task Force personnel are preparing to erect three new camps at Kaddurampoochchi Maraththady in Porathivu, Palaiyadiveddai and Vellavely.


Chronology:
15.01.07  Unfolding misery
11.01.07  Vaharai tragedy
07.01.07  SOS from Vaharai

 

Latest 15 Reports
24.08.19 02:22  
Tamil representatives urged to boycott OMP office opening in Jaffna
24.08.19 00:04   Photo
Despite ending Emergency, Sirisena keeps SL military empowered with police powers
23.08.19 07:04  
SL Forest Department remains unmoved by uprooted Tamils’ demand for resettlement
22.08.19 06:50  
40 parents of missing persons die within 915 days of protest
21.08.19 18:17   Photo
‘Death certificates’ issued to 500 of 3,500 Tamils subjected to enforced disappearance in Ampaa'rai
20.08.19 20:23  
Wigneswaran warns of bleak future for Tamils, urges planning for next step
19.08.19 19:23   Photo
IC sheds crocodile tears over Shavendra appointment, US engages with his war-time chief
18.08.19 23:50   Photo
SL TID detains outspoken Tamil doctor at Pazhai hospital
17.08.19 23:08   Photo
SLA Jaffna commander refuses to release Palaali lands at meeting presided by Wickramasinghe
16.08.19 13:25   Photo
SL Archaeology Department resumes plans to construct controversial ‘chaitya’ at Koonith-theevu
15.08.19 21:39  
Wickramasinghe lacks courage to meet protesting Tamil mothers in North
14.08.19 23:31   Photo
2006 genocidal massacre at Chengchoalai campus marked in Vanni, Jaffna amidst PTA-threats
13.08.19 17:45   Photo
Tamil awareness urged on geopolitics-driven genocidal ‘development’ in Mannaar
12.08.19 20:04   Photo
Percival's 19th century Tamil proverb compilations collated and sorted in new publication
11.08.19 20:32   Photo
PTA-threats against constructing memorial arch for student victims of 2006 aerial massacre
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=22019