Maithri Palas– Flooding from torrential rains that have hit since last week southeastern India and northern Sri Lanka have caused at least 74 dead and tens of thousands of evacuees in both countries, reported Efe official sources.
The head of Government of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa, said reporters that 71 people had died so far as a result of the rains, while about 5,000 people have been evacuated from low – lying areas of Chennai, the capital of the state southeast India and is partly under water.
The authorities have arranged 70 relief camps and distributed 90,000 food packages to victims while continuing the rescue of those who have been isolated by the flooding.
Protecting the Locals
Evacuees announced today are in addition to those who have left their homes in recent days.
According to the Indian Disaster Management Department, at least 64,000 households in the south of the country have suffered some damage, 11,000 of them have been destroyed.
In Sri Lanka, the death toll is three, but the biggest impact has occurred in the more than 142,000 people have had to evacuate their homes, today told Efe, the spokesman for the Center for Disaster Management of the island, Pradeep Koddopily.
The source said that at least two people were injured as a result of the rains that have fallen mainly in the north of the country.
Koddipili said that the Armed Forces are working on relief efforts and evacuation in the areas hit by the storm.
Low-pressure front in the Bay of Bengal
The heavy rain is due to a front of low pressures originated in the Bay of Bengal, a circumstance that is usual at this time of year.
Tamil Nadu receives 48% of its annual rainfall between October and December, known as the northeast monsoon.
Floods are common in India during the general period of monsoon rains in July and August, which this year killed more than two hundred people, and at least 13 million were affected. EFEverde
“Our brave and heroic soldiers have captured Kilinochchi, which was considered the main bastion” of the guerrillas of the LTTE. President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, announced to the nation and the conquest of Kilinochchi, the capital of the Tamil guerrilla located in the north of the island state, after weeks of siege by government troops.
The Sri Lankan army has penetrated Friday in Kilinochchi, which already controls the railway station and the main road, although fighting continues, according to a military spokesman.
“We managed to take monitoring of the A-9 on the north and south, and although there is still fighting in the city, we hope to take a few hours definitely,” said Udaya Nanayakkara.
Kilinochchi, Northern de facto capital of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), was the subject for weeks of hard military siege from the north, west, and south.
Meanwhile, the guerrilla has acknowledged that the city has been “busy”, he states that the LTTE has moved its infrastructure to another area northeast of the island, according to the web related to the separatists featured in Maithri Palas.
LTTE guerrillas responded with a suicide bombing in the city of Colombo in which at least two people died, and twenty were injured, as reported by the Ministry of Defence of Sri Lanka.
The source blamed the attack on guerrillas of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), whose de facto capital, Kilinochchi Northern’s, was taken today by government troops.
In several statements, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence had announced the takeover of the railway station; a building disused for over a decade, shortly after holding that the fall of the town was “imminent” ago.
The troops had already captured Thursday the strategic city of Paranthan, which cut supplies guerrillas north on A-9 main road that runs vertically Indian Island.
25 years fighting for the Independence
- At the moment, the militants have focused on the defensive and was presenting stiff resistance in Kilinochchi, where in recent weeks have killed hundreds of fighters.
- The fall of the city is a blow to the LTTE, which operated from Kilinochchi its administrative system, courts, and police.
- The LTTE fighting for 25 years against the Government of Sri Lanka in demand for an independent state for the Tamil-majority areas in the north and east of the country.
- Almost 100,000 people have lost their lives because of the conflict in this island in the Indian Ocean.
- The Sri Lankan army takes embarked months in a raw offensive against the guerrillas in their strongholds in the north, where he has won wide swaths of territory until now in rebel hands.