Posted on 04.26.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe syas that the number of deaths reported aftermath of the Easter Sunday bomb blasts is 253 and not 359.
Initially, the death toll was estimated at 290 by the health sector but it has now been confirmed that approximately 253 persons had died. On Monday (22) it was announced that more than 280 persons had died in the bomb blasts. This consisted of 26 deaths at the Batticaloa Teaching Hospital, 102 at the Negombo Base Hospital, 7 at the Colombo North Teaching Hospital, 3 at the Colombo South Teaching Hospital in Kalubowila and 140 from the Colombo Judicial Morgue.
The Director General of Health further clarifies that there were more than 485 injured in the Easter Sunday bomb blasts who had been admitted to the National Hospital, Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Colombo North Teaching Hospital, Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Batticaloa Teaching Hospital and the Negombo Base Hospital, these numbers had decreased to 149 by 10.00 a.m yesterday (25).
Of the 485 injured persons admitted to these hospitals, only 6 have died. In situations of persons being killed as result of bomb blasts, the victims suffer mutilation and body-parts are strewn all over the place of tragedy. It makes difficult to identify the bodies as complete bodies. Consequently, it is extremely difficult to state accurately the number of deaths. Therefore, the death toll was declared every day to the nearest digit, Dr. Jasinghe said.