|4th Batch of Sick and Wounded Tamil Civilians trapped in Mullaithivu evacuated under Naval Escort|
|Saturday, 21 February 2009|
21 Feb 2009 - 14:32
The fourth batch of 397 sick and wounded Tamil civilians along with their immediate families was evacuated under the Naval escort on Friday, 20th February 2009. Sri Lanka Navy assisted in the evacuation of the first batch consisting of 356 persons on Tuesday, 10th February, the second batch consisting of 403 on Thursday, 12th February and the third batch consisting of 440 on Monday 16th February on humanitarian grounds. So far, the Navy has rendered assistance in the evacuation of 1609 Tamil civilians.
The evacuation of sick and wounded Tamil civilians trapped in LTTE Clutches in the un-cleared areas in Mullaithivu is being carried out on board “MV Green Ocean” under the ICRC flag. The Navy has provided safe passage to the patients for urgent medical treatment in Tricomalee Government hospital.
The evacuees, upon disembarkation, were provided with emergency medical treatment by Naval doctors and were rushed to the hospitals by the naval personnel for further treatment. Elaborate arrangements have been made to treat the sick and the injured evacuees once they reach cleared areas. Hospitals have been equipped with adequate stocks of essential drugs and specialist medical personnel are assigned to treat the sick and the wounded as they are transferred to hospitals.
The fourth batch consisted of 195 males and 202 females in total. Among them were 99 adult male and 73 adult female patients and 29 male and 13 female children needing medical treatment. The evacuees had been languishing in pain and fear due to the LTTE’s adamant stance to hold all civilians captive in the un-cleared areas as human shields despite the repeated appeals by the International Community to free all civilians to arrive in safe areas immediately.
The Navy, as part of its humanitarian operations, has put in place a number of comprehensive evacuation measures to facilitate the evacuation process. Naval personnel and vessels along with stand-by rescue and medical teams are on special deployment in the North-eastern seas for assisting Tamil civilians fleeing from LTTE clutches.
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