Explosions in Sri Lanka: 10 things you need to know

Explosions in Sri Lanka: 10 things you need to know

Explosions in Sri Lanka: 10 things you need to know

Written by Lahiru Fernando

21 Apr, 2019 | 6:37 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st): Sri Lankans woke up to the news of explosions all across the country around 8.30 am, starting from the St Anthony’s Church, Kochikade, Colombo 13. The Church had a large number of devotees in attendance due to Easter Sunday.

Following is a brief of what followed;

1. Explosions across Sri Lanka

  • Katuwapitiya Church
  • Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo
  • Cinnamon Grand hotel
  • Church in Batticaloa
  • Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo
  • Dehiwala
  • Dematagoda

2. The Casualties in numbers

  • Total death toll: 215 | Injured: 450 (as of 6.30 pm, April 21)
  • National Hospital: 73 dead, 260 injured
  • Kalubowila Hospital: 2 dead, 6 injured
  • Negombo Hospital: 104 Dead, 100 injured
  • Ragama Hospital: 7 Dead, 32 injured
  • Batticaloa: 28 dead, 51 injured
  • Foreign Nationals: 35 dead (USA, Denmark, China, Japan, Pakistan, Morocco, India and Bangladesh)

3. All Easter Masses in Colombo cancelled

The Archbishop of Colombo His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith responded to the events, stating that all Easter masses in the Colombo District have been cancelled.

4. Curfew with immediate effect

Curfew has now been declared with immediate effect, until further notice

5. Schools closed

Minister of Education Akila Viraj announced that holidays will be given to all government schools on Monday (April 22) and Tuesday (April 23).

6. A suspicious parcel & a Shootout

The CCD officers, who were investigating the hotel bombings, tracked down a suspect to a house in Mahavila Patumaga, Dematagoda. The officers also received a tip-off that there are more explosives inside a house close to the blast site in Dematagoda.

News 1st reporters on site stated that a shoot-out ensued between the Police officers and those inside the house in question.

Multiple arrests were made following the incident, raising the countrywide arrest numbers to 10, in relation to the explosions across the country.

Meanwhile, a suspicious parcel was found in Jampettah street.

7. Statement by the Government

Press release by the Department of Government Information expressed the government’s “deepest condolence on the deaths and damages caused by the bomb explosions reported in Colombo and several other parts of the country.”

8. President, PM and Fmr. President responds

9. Responses from other countries

10. Await video…

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