SRI Lanka’s Government was right to finish off the Tamil rebels, despite the risk to and ultimate loss of civilian life. Decisively ending the civil war, which lasted 26 years and killed more than 70,000, will save more lives than were lost in the final assault. United Nations officials, Western leaders, and human rights groups had called on Sri Lanka to agree to a Ceasefire to allow civilians to flee the shrinking enclave where Government Forces had finally hemmed in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Complying with the request would have been a major strategic mistake.
TORRENTIAL rains have rendered more than one hundred and ten families in Uriankattu and Sinnattamunai areas under 233 Brigade in the east. One hundred and forty-four civilians, belonging to 41 families have been temporarily housed at Uriankattu Government school for the time being. Another group of 210 affected civilians of 70 families have been provided temporary shelter at Sinnattamunai Vidyalaya with the coordination work done by Army troops considering the emergency circumstances.