Easter Sunday attack: death-toll increased to 321

Easter Sunday attack: death-toll increased to 321

Easter Sunday attack: death-toll increased to 321

Written by Staff Writer

23 Apr, 2019 | 1:15 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st): The death toll following the Easter Sunday bomb explosions has increased to 321.

The number of injured individuals is now at 521. They are being treated at the following hospitals;

  • Colombo National Hospital
  • District General Hospital Negombo
  • Colombo North Teaching Hospital (Ragama Hospital)
  • Colombo South Teaching Hospital (Kalubowila Hospital)
  • Batticaloa General Hospital

According to the Ministry of Health, there are 41 unidentified bodies still remaining at hospitals.

The Ministry says that people with minor injuries have been treated and sent home. 29 individuals are currently being treated at the Colombo National Hospital ICU.

Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe stated that 102 dead bodies have been taken to the District General Hospital Negombo. 92 of them have been handed over to relatives following post-mortem examinations.

There are 140 dead bodies at the Colombo National Hospital. Post-Mortem examinations have been conducted on 89 of them.

The Batticaloa Teaching Hospital received 29 dead bodies. 23 of them were handed over to relatives following Post-Mortem Examinations.

A total of 35 unidentified bodies remain in several hospitals as nobody has arrived to identify them. 6 such bodies remain in the Ragama Hospital.

Colombo National Hospital currently has 20 dead bodies of foreign nationals. According to hospital sources, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been notified.

22 foreigners treated for minor injuries have now left the Colombo National Hospital.

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Easter Sunday attack: Things to know

  • Total death toll: 310
  • Injured: 480
  • Arrested: 40
  • Unidentified dead bodies: 35

Locations where explosions took place

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


  • Universities remain closed
  • Government schools to resume on Monday (April 29)
  • Government examinations postponed
  • Colombo Stock Exchange resumes regular trading sessions

Deceased foreign nationals at the National Hospital

  • 3 from India
  • 1 from Portugal
  • 2 from Turkey
  • 3 from the UK
  • 2 holding US and UK nationalities


  • 9 foreign nationals reported missing
  • 25 unidentified bodies believed to be foreigners
  • 19 injured

Key emergency regulations in effect

The government has gazetted the Laws on the Prevention of Terrorism under Emergency Regulations at midnight yesterday (April 22).

The step was taken to give authority to the Police and the three armed forces in order to ensure the safety of the people of Sri Lanka.

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