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THE STRUGGLE FOR TAMIL EELAM

Tamil Centre for Human Rights (TCHR)
North East death toll rises to 21,575
Still no International relief or assistance received
Ref : DR011A/UA/2004 30 December 2004

[see also Tsunami & the People of Tamil Eelam ]

TRO contacts :

Telephone : + 94 112 693254 (Colombo)

Telephone : + 94 21 228 3947 (Killinochi)

Website : www.troonline.org
Email : [email protected]

www.tchr.net

HEAD OFFICE: Tamil Centre for Human Rights - TCHR/CTDH
9, rue des Peupliers - 95140 Garge les Gonesse - FRANCE
Contact person : S. V. Kirubaharan General Secretary
Fax: + 33 1 40 38 28 74 - Email: [email protected]  / [email protected]

TCHR-UK
Tamil Centre for Human Rights - TCHR/CTDH
PO Box 182, Manchester M16 8ED, UNITED KINGDOM
Contact person : Deirdre McConnell Director International Programme
Fax: + 44 161 860 4609 - Email: [email protected]  / [email protected]

TCHR-NETHERLANDS
Tamil Centrum voor Mensenrechten- TCHR
Steelingmolen 43
1703 TE Heerhugowaard, THE NETHERLANDS
Contact person : Sinniah Indiran

Fax : + 31 - 72 - 57 15 801
Email : [email protected] 

With reference to our Urgent Action Appeal of 28 December 2004 (Ref DR011/UA/2004) on the human tragedy caused by the tsunami tidal waves, in the North East of the island of Sri Lanka, we give an update on the latest statistics and information on the ground situation in the North East.

TCHR sources in the North East have updated the figures of those killed, missing, displaced and injured by the tsunami tidal waves as follows: 

District Dead Missing Displaced  Injured
Amparai 13,261 6,350 191,163 Not known
Batticaloa 2,000 2,000 208,803 2,100
Trincomalee 844 Not known 137,000 3,400
Mullaitivu 3,370 4,500 97,000 3,800
Vadamarachi East 2,100 59 61,839 1,800
Total 21,575 12,909 695,805 11,100

Despite several urgent appeals made from the North East, assistance rendered to Sri Lanka by nearly twenty countries has still not reached the affected people in the North East. The death toll is increasing as the rescue and recovery operations continue.

News reaching from Sri Lanka indicates that relief trucks have been blocked from reaching the frontier of the Tamil region.

"..an official of an international aid agency reported today that Sinhalese mobs were blocking relief trucks from reaching the frontier, diverting the supplies to their own hard-hit communities. At least four trucks were stopped by a low-ranking government official from crossing into the Tamil zone, said the official". (http://www.breakingnews.ie/2004/12/29/story182380.html)

Doctors and community workers in the North East said yesterday that no help had been given to them by any government official or by any government institutions.

Tamil parliamentarians from the North East have appealed to the donor countries and agencies to help directly the Tamil and Muslim people whose lives have been destroyed by the Tsunami.

There are about 352 Relief Centres working round the clock in the North East without any help from the government.

As the government help failed to reach the North East areas, the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation TRO, which continues to help the victims is appealing for international help.
 



 

 

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