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More Than 1000 Feared Killed On Mullaitivu Coast

Published: Mon 27 Dec 2004 05:53 PM
LTTE to declare National Emergency
[TamilNet, December 26, 2004 14:34 GMT]
To cope with the unprecedented destruction of life and property in the coastal areas of NorthEast brought about by the tsunamic waves that hit the coastal towns Sunday, the Liberation Tigers are planning to declare National Emergency to set up procedures in motion to obtain relief assistance from International Agencies, sources close to the LTTE in Vanni said.
Leader of LTTE's Political Wing, S.P.Thamilchelvan, speaking to TamilNet said: "This is the first time Tamil people in our areas have witnessed such large scale disaster. We have recovered more than 800 bodies from the coastal shores along the the NorthEast. We are just starting to enter interior of buildings to continue the relief effort .
"Our cadres and volunteers from the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization and other civil groups are working round the clock to assist the wounded and to provide shelter to those whose houses have been washed away by the tidal waters.
"I sincerely hope that the Internation Community will respond with the necessary financial and material relief to assist our people,"
More Than 1000 Feared Killed In Mullaitivu Coastal Villages
[TamilNet, December 26, 2004 12:42 GMT]
Coastal villages of Koyilkudiyiruppu, Mullivaykal, Kallappadu, Silavaththai, Alampil, and Unnappuluvu in Mullaitivu district were severely hit by the tidal waves and the volunteers who entered the villages for rescue operations told TamilNet that more than 90% of residents in many of the villages have gone missing. Rescue workers said that more than 1000 people are dead in the Mullaitivu coast.
Kallappadu coastal village is totally submerged in flood waters.
Around 250 bodies have been brought to Puthukudiyiruppu Hospital.
More than 2000 admitted to the Puthukudiyiruppu Hospital, medical sources said.
The appeals for urgent assistance:
The appealed to relief assist and donate towards meeting the humanitarian crisis unfolding following the tsunami wave triggered flooding in residential areas . "This is the first time Tamil people have witnessed such large scale disaster unprecedented destruction of life and property in the coastal areas of NorthEast.
ENDS

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