COLOMBO : SECOND LIEUTENANT D.M.S.K. DISSANAYAKE of Sri Lanka National Guard (SLNG) who was among the critically injured following the Wednesday's (2) LTTE claymore attack at SLAVE ISLAND succumbed to injuries while being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the National Hospital, COLOMBO this morning at about 3.05 a.m.
Lieutenant General Shantha Kottegoda, Commander of the Army in his customary New Year Day 2005 message calls upon all Army personnel to rise to the occasion and continue to dedicate their today for country's re-building in the aftermath of the tsunami disaster that claimed thousands of lives, including his own men.
The Seva Vanitha Unit at Army Headquarters, headed by Mrs. Sonia Kottegoda, in its efforts towards joining hands with ongoing relief operations of the government, has come forward to seek help to collect humanitarian assistance from donors both local and overseas.
Barely six hours after the ad hoc Disaster Relief Centre (DRC) at Galle Face esplanade was established on Monday (27) by tri-services (Army, Navy & Air Force), the DRC was able to dispatch three lorry loads of essentials to affected Trincomalee area following the tremendous response it received from the public.
Troops in the 52 Division in Jaffna peninsula were compelled to mediate and provide security to a team of media personnel, including a couple of foreign journalists when some LTTE men along with a section of Tsunami-affected refugees began to chase and assault them at the LTTE's behest.
All tri-service and Police personnel in co-ordination with civil authorities, despite heavy constraints, are still engaged in rescue and relief operations after a devastating tidal wave that commenced Sunday (26 December 2004) morning affected almost the entire coastal belt of the country within minutes.
Troops of the Sri Lanka Army, rising to the occasion were able to clear several main roads including road stretches between Moratuwa â€“ Bentota and Nonagama â€“ Hambantota on the main Colombo â€“ Kataragama road (Galle road) and facilitated transportation by late Monday (27) afternoon.