Last updated on March 19, 2021
Sri Lanka conducted its first burial of the remains of COVID-19 victims in Batticaloa today.
Army Commander General Shavendra Silva said that the remains of two COVID-19 victims were buried at the Oddamawadi burial ground in Batticaloa.
He further said the remains were buried in normal graves and not concrete graves.
General Shavendra Silva said health authorities were looking for plots of land on higher ground to conduct burials.
He said this was so, in order to prevent any future doubts over the contamination of drinking water.
Meanwhile, five more remains of COVID-19 victims were also set to be buried at the site today.
The Government had earlier approved the burial of the remains of COVID-19 victims at two locations in the East.
The Eastern Province Health Director said permission had been granted to utilize the Soodupaththinachenai area in Oddamavadi, Batticaloa and Irakkamam area in the Ampara district as burial grounds.