LTTE mines uprooted during rains, army operations also hit (Sri Lanka)
Colombo (PTI): Heavy rains in northern Sri Lanka has uprooted LTTE laid landmines, which are floating over ground in the region hampering army operations, causing concern to the authorities. It was a virtual swap of mines and some explosives as heavy rains swept these ammunitions away, landing both in the army and LTTE controlled areas, media reports said.
Army and LTTE activities were hampered by the rains which brought down the intensity of battle for a few days, the reports said, adding since the mines are not buried deep, many were swept away by flash floods following heaving rains.
The situation is, however, now returning to normalcy and the army operations has picked up against the Tamil Tiger militants.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa summoned the ground commanders from Jaffna and Vavuniya last week during the security council meeting.
Officials confirmed the meeting, however, refused to disclose whether there was any discussions on the situation following the unprecedented rains. They merely said the situation could have been discussed.
The rains have left over four lakh people marooned besides damaging about 15,000 hectares of agricultural crop.
Television reports had shown some armoured vehicles getting caught in the slush in the green belts of northern Sri Lanka during the rains.
Meanwhile, three soliders were killed and 60 injured due to cloud lightening in Minneriya in Katukaliyawa training camp in North-Central Sri Lanka on Tuesday, Defence Ministry officials said. The injured soliders were admitted to a nearby hospital.
Von: 02.04.08, www.hindu.com/