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Relief supplies hijacked and relabelled in Moratuwa - Colombo paper

Jan 2 (TN) The JVP, a major coalition partner in the ruling UPFA government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, has been accused of hijacking relief supplies sent to welfare camps and re-distributing them as supplies from the JVP, reported The Sunday Leader, a Colombo based English weekly in its latest issue. more..

Search for missing persons to resume in Vadamaradchchi

Jan 2 (TN) Search for missing persons in last week Tsunami is to resume Sunday in the fishing hamlets of Munai, and Katkovalam in the Vadamaradchchi North division following the retrieval of two bodies, one of an old woman and another of a boy by a group of volunteers of Danish De-mining Group (DDG) Saturday. more..

UN Special Envoy meets Sri Lanka Red Cross President

Jan 2 (TN) Margareta Wahlstrom, United Nations Secretary General's Special Envoy on Relief Operations is on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka. She met with Mr.Jagath Abeyasinghe, President of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) Sunday to update her on the relief operations more..

Yahoo Photos

Jan 2 (Yahoo) Sri Lankan children take showers at the Ciciliya College camp in the eastern coastal town of Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005. With hundreds of thousands of displaced people living in unsanitary camps, health authorities said they were braced for outbreaks of contagious diseases. more..

TNA to brief international community on northeast devastation

Jan 2 (TN) Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will soon brief the international community about the massive needs of the north-east that suffered the worst in December 26 Tsunami disaster, TNA sources said Sunday. more..


Jan 2 (SLA) The latest incident to shows the LTTE’s malignancy was reported from KUDATANE government school at NAGARKOVIL, VADAMARACHCHI south in JAFFNA on 01 January 2005. more..

Cricketers meet tsunami survivors

Jan 2 (BBC) Members of the Sri Lanka cricket team have visited survivors of the tsunami disaster which devastated part of the island a week ago. They went to hospitals and refugee centres in Galle and also looked at the damage caused to the international cricket ground in the coastal city. more..

Sri Lanka airport runs out of fuel

Jan 2 (AFP) Sri Lanka's only international airport ran out of fuel Sunday amid an influx of cargo flights carrying aid for tsunami victims, officials said. Aviation ministry secretary Ariyaratne Hewage said they restored supplies at the Bandaranaike International airport by mid-day with the local supplier asked to pump in more fuel. more..

Sri Lanka Government denies of any partiality shown in relief supplies to North and East

Jan 2 (AT) The Sri Lankan High Commission in Australia has denied allegations that the Sri Lankan Government has neglected the needs of the tsunami affected districts in the North East of the country. more..

Figuratively speaking: About galloping … deaths?

Jan 2 (AT) You may have heard of galloping leukaemia, or galloping this that or the other. But galloping death? For one hellish week in Sri Lanka, death has been the statistic that reminded people how fortunate they were to be alive. more..

`Indian aid deserves greater recognition’

Jan 2 (AT) The Indian Navy supply vessel, INS Adithyacalled at Colombo yesterday with dry rations, medicines, medical equipment and medical personnel. A 45-bed floating hospital with medical teams was expected later in the day. more..

Sri Lanka's hotel industry estimates Rs. 12-13 bn. damage

Jan 2 (ANN) Around 4,000 hotel rooms in Sri Lanka have been damaged by the tidal waves and the hospitality industry estimates that the restoration cost would run as high as Rs.12 billion to Rs.13 billion, a senior industry spokesman said. more..

A Lankan tourism resort waning after tsunami

Jan 2 (Xinhua) A handful of foreign tourists here on Sunday were seen sitting entertainingly in the cozy sunshine aside hotel swimming pools in Bentota, a renowned tourism resort 60 km south of Colombo. more..

Sri Lanka tries to help tsunami orphans

Jan 2 (Reuters) So many Sri Lankan children have been orphaned by the tsunami that the government has appealed for doctors, psychologists and paediatricians to help give counselling. more..

Tiger rebels torch refugee camp in north Sri Lanka

Jan 2 (AFP) Tiger rebels torched a refugee camp in Sri Lanka's northern peninsula of Jaffna in which some 60 Tamil families who were victims of last week's tsunami were housed, a defence official said. more..

Sri Lanka Prisoners Freed During Tsunami

Jan 2 (AP) About 100 prisoners who were released from their Sri Lanka cells to escape the tsunami have voluntarily surrendered. Two hundred others remain at large, prison authorities said Sunday. more..

Floods slow Sri Lanka tsunami relief ahead of foreign military push

Jan 2 (AFP) Floods slowed aid to thousands of marooned survivors in Sri Lanka as the United States prepared to mount a military operation to help relief work as the tsunami death toll rose to nearly 30,000. more..

Tsunami swallows Sri Lanka nursery school, children

Jan 2 (Reuters) Bob Uppington, a retired teacher from England, came to this tiny Sri Lankan tsunami-ravaged fishing village to find 40 children. But visiting a local nursery school and a refugee camp on Sunday, a week after giant waves hit, he found no faces to match the snapshots of the three- to four-year-olds he had visited less than a fortnight before Sri Lanka's worst natural disaster hit. more..

Tigers abduct youngsters from the camps for the displaced

Jan 2 (LT) JVP parliamentarian Ramalingam Chandrasekaran says that Tigers Organisation is abducting youngsters from the camps for the displaced set up in uncleared areas. He said further that they could see this on their own when he went to camps for the displaced set up in uncleared areas for relief operations more..

War threat recedes as tsunami batters Tigers

Jan 2 (PIS) When the cameras and microphones turn away from the death, damage and destruction of last week's tsunamis, the nation will awaken once more to the festering ethnic issue - one that portended another catastrophe in the New Year. more..

Cabinet sub-committee set up to manage disaster relief

Jan 2 (SO) A Cabinet sub-committee comprising eight ministers, chaired by the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, has been set-up to manage and coordinate disaster relief in the affected areas. Another District Sub-committee comprising political representatives at regional and national level has also been set-up more..

Chandrika asks LTTE to allow Russian medical team

Jan 2 (HT) The Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Sunday asked the international ceasefire monitors to get the LTTE to allow the Russian medical relief teams, now in the island, to work in areas under its control like Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu. more..

LTTE lost 2,100 fighters in tsunami disaster: Analyst

Jan 2 (HT) The LTTE had lost 2,100 of its fighting cadres in the tsunami disaster last Sunday, according to the leading Sri Lankan defence analyst, Iqbal Athas. Athas says that largest number of deaths, 1,400, had taken place in Mullaitivu, where the military headquarters of the LTTE are located. more..

E-mail appeals: Sri Lanka

Jan 2 (CNN) We have received thousands of e-mails from people seeking news of friends and relatives in areas affected by the tsunamis. Complete this form to send us an e-mail. Please note that we will need to publish your e-mail address. more..

Where fishermen hate the sea

Jan 2 (CNN) Till Mayer is a journalist working for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Galle, Sri Lanka. He is writing about his experiences as part of the relief effort for more..

Yahoo Photos

Jan 2 (Yahoo) Relief camp : A young Sri Lankan girl eats in a relief camp for displaced people set up in a Buddhist temple in Batticaloa, on the devastated eastern coast of Sri Lanka. more..

More than 12,000 families helped in the North and East

Jan 3 (ICRC) The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has so far provided essential household items to nearly 12,150 families in the North and East of Sri Lanka hit by the Tsunami on 26 December. more..

Jaffna: From the frying pan to the fire

Jan 3 (BBC) Journalist Prasad Purnimal who traveled from Point Pedro to Velvettiturai reported on the destruction caused by the tsunami in the northern coastal area sent this report to BBC Sandeshaya. LTTE has set up a relief centre in Vadamarachchi. more..

Politicians fighting over refugee camps

Jan 3 (BBC) The market place and all the houses on the coast in Hambantota are in absolute ruins and about 100 corpses have been brought ashore by the military. In Tangalle the fishing villages are all in debris says Gnanasiri Kottigoda, who visited the southern coastal areas on Sunday. more..

New Assistance Committee for North

Jan 3 (BBC) President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Sunday has instituted a Humanitarian Assistance Committee (HAC) for the districts Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullativu. The Governor of the North East Tyronne Fernando will chair this committee, a statement from the presidential secretariat said. more..

Yahoo Slide Show

Jan 3 (Yahoo) Sri Lankan victims of the deadly tsunamis crowd a relief truck in the southwestern coastal town of Hikkaduwa. more..

Sri Lanka fears disease amid foreign military push

Jan 3 (AFP) Sri Lanka expressed fears of disease spreading among the survivors of last week's devastating tsunamis as floods slowed aid delivery and the death toll neared 30,000. Sri Lanka, where some 1,500 US marines are due to take part in the relief drive, more..

In Sri Lanka, aid workers combat wild rumors and lingering fear

Jan 3 (CSM) Pawadamasari fished for 35 years from a harbor where a sign reads, "Welcome to Tourist Paradise." He rarely mixed with the mostly German tourists other than to sell his catch. He lived quietly with wife and daughters in a straw hut that is now gone. A son-in-law is missing and presumed dead. more..

Countless Souls Cry Out To God

Jan 3 (NBC) The waters that rose up from the deep last week, drowning tens of thousands of people across a wide arc of South and Southeast Asia, were a cataclysm of Biblical proportions. But most of those who survived to weep and mourn—like most of those who died—had never heard of Noah or the Biblical God of Wrath, figures so familiar to Christians and Jews; they were, instead, Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists. more..

Historic Tsunami Video And Images

Jan 3 (NBC) JUST IN: More than 200 images and 16 video clips show the devastating scope of the South Asian tsunami and earthquake disaster. more..

Grieving parents in Sri Lanka wait for ocean to return children

Jan 3 (AP) As dawn breaks over Sri Lanka's coast, dozens of parents come to the beach where huge waves seized their children a week ago. "They believe their kids are alive and the sea will return them -- one day," UNICEF chief Carol Bellamy said Sunday after touring this island country's tsunami-devastated shore. more..

The Salvation Army plans to build homes in Sri Lanka for victims of tsunami

Jan 3 (CNW) As the global community gears up to provide short- and long-term aid to the countries affected by last week's tsunami, the International Salvation Army's assessment team is in the region determining how The Salvation Army can best help in the coming months. more..

Forensic teams struggle to identify foreign tsunami victims

Jan 3 (JT) Medical teams from eight European nations were struggling to identify 57 corpses of foreign nationals killed in the tsunami that struck Sri Lanka last week, an undertaker said Sunday. more..

Tigers wary of large foreign presence

Jan 3 (AT) The Tamil rebel outfit LTTE are continuing to obstruct much needed help to thousands of displaced persons in the North as they are LTTE suspicious about all relief assistance over which they have no control. more..

Tsunami Relief: 2 navy ships off to Lanka, Maldives

Jan 3 (AT) Two ships of the Bangladesh navy, accompanied by a C-130 cargo plane and an airforce helicopter, left for Sri Lanka and the Maldives totake part in post-tsunami rescue operations and relief activities in the affected areas of the two countries. more..

Tsunami aid campaign in Australia: TRO targets initial collection of A$ five million

Jan 3 (AT) The Sri Lankan community in Australia is engaged in raising funds to help their country devastated by the Boxing Day tsunami. Various community organisations, churches and individuals have been collecting funds, clothing, and medicine to be sent to those affected by the disaster in Sri Lanka. more..

Academics urge closer Sri Lanka Govt-LTTE ties

Jan 3 (AT) Several academics and intellectuals urged closer co-operation between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE to overcome the national crisis. Among them, the Venerable Agalakada Siri Sumana, Senior Lecturer, Colombo University's Sinhala Department said that the time was now opportune to settle the national problem. more..

Mahananyake thero in Trincomalee

Jan 3 (BBC) Thibbotuwawe Sri Sidhartha Sumangala Mahanayake thero of the Malwatte Chapter visited Trincomalee with 17 lorry loads full of aid for the displaced people in the East. The prelate also received the five shiploads of aid supplied by the Indian government on behalf of Sri Lanka on Sunday. more..

UNICEF says 12,000 children died in Sri Lanka

Jan 3 (CBC) UNICEF officials working in Sri Lanka believe about 12,000 children lost their lives in last weekend's tsunami disaster. They say children account for a staggering 40 per cent of Sri Lanka's estimated death total of 30,000. more..

Floods slow Sri Lanka tsunami relief ahead of foreign military push

Jan 3 (ANN) Floods slowed aid to thousands of marooned survivors in Sri Lanka as the United States prepared to mount a military operation to help relief work as the tsunami death toll rose to nearly 30,000. more..

Tidal wave destruction, what's next?

Jan 3 (ANN) The tragedy that struck our beautiful mother Lanka is known to the entire world. Millions of people throughout the world watched with horror how our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and even babies were sucked in by the killer waves. more..

Chinese medical squad arrives in tsunami-hit Sri Lanka

Jan 3 (Xinhua) A 14-member medical team assigned by the Chinese government arrived here Sunday at 11:30 p.m. (localtime) to aid tsunami-hit Sri Lanka. The team is composed of medical workers from Beijing Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Beijing Friendship Hospital, more..

Phone networks got jammed after the tragic incidents on Sunday

Jan 3 (LBO) Phone networks got jammed after the tragic incidents on Sunday as millions of Sri Lankans got on the phone to check on loved ones and get the latest news. The resulting congestion however hampered rescue efforts that depended on the telecom networks. more..

SLT estimates network damage due to tsunamis at Rs. 750 million

Jan 3 (LBO) Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) estimates network damage due to tsunamis at Rs. 750 million but says it will continue to expand aggressively. SLT Chairman Anil Obeyesekere told LBR the company is not making any changes to their three-year business plan due to the tsunami setback. more..

Yahoo Photos

Jan 3 (Yahoo) Twisted tracks : A man walks across railway tracks, twisted by the force of the tidal waves near the village of Kalamulla , 40 km from Colombo, southwestern Sri Lanka. more..