Army helps clear jungles in civilian lands
The Army clearing lands
The Army extending its support to civilians in Mavaddipuram in the
North, commenced clearing thick jungles in lands owned by the civilians
on their request. Lands that were abandoned for decades due to terrorist
activities were handed back to the original owners after clearing the
landmines and UXO (Unexploded Explosive Ordnance) left by terrorists
during their dominance in the area. However, the thick jungle overgrown
due to the absence of inhabitants for about thirty years, made lands
inaccessible for civilians.
Thus, they sought the help of the Army to remove the jungles before
resettlement. Following the request of the people, Jaffna Security
Forces Headquarters Commander Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe
directed the troops of 10 field engineers to help civilians clear the
lands under the supervision of the 515 Brigade.
An officer of the Security Forces Headquarters, Jaffna said they
mobilised troops and heavy machinery at Mailiddy to clear the jungles.
Engineer troops cleared an area extending over 20 acres.
The total area of these lands in Veemankamam North, Veemankamam
South, Mavaddipuram and Mavaddipuram South Gramaseva Division covers
nearly 75 acres.