Troops regain Mannar Rice Bowl
120 Sq Km of fertile territory falls to the Army:
MANNAR: The 58 Division of the Sri Lanka Army operating on the Mannar
front yesterday successfully completed operation ‘Rice Bowl’ after
capturing over 120 square kilometres including 105 square kilometres of
the most fertile land in the country.
General Officer Commanding of the 58 Division Brigadier Shavendra de
Silva told the Daily News that the troops attached to 58 Division
completed this almost nine month long operation to secure the Mannar
‘Rice Bowl’ killing 2,058 Tiger Cadres and inflicting injuries on 1,208.
“The Mannar ‘Rice Bowl’ is one of the most fertile lands in the
country which produced the biggest paddy harvest in 1991,” the Brigadier
With the capture of this entire ‘Rice Bowl’, troops have reached four
kilometres South of Vedithalthivu the biggest Sea Tiger Base on the
North Western coast.
According to Brigadier de Silva the completion of Operation ‘Rice
Bowl’ also marked the liberation of 153 irrigation systems including
tanks, canals and waterways fed by the 23 square kilometre Giant Tank.
The troops have been able to liberate populated areas in the Mannar
district with the liberation of more than 20 civilian habitations. They
include Manthai, Manthotta, Adampan Palakkuli, Karukkandalkulam,
Vellankulam, Vaddakandal, Alamkulam,
Andankulam, Parappakadattan, Tenvedaiyan, Minnukulam, Uyilamkulam and
“Troops of the 58 Division had to cross massive open areas across
fallow paddy lands to capture some of the strategically important
military bases like Andankulam and Parappakadattan,” the Brigadier
It also marked the liberation of the Vyilamkulam-Andalankulam road
connecting to the Mannar Pooneryn A-32 road at the 12th mile post and
the Vyilamkulam - Adampan - Pappamoddai road used as the main supply
routes to the LTTE operating in the Mannar ‘Rice Bowl’.
The completion of Operation ‘Rice Bowl’ has become a morale booster
for the troops.
The soldiers attached to the 58 Division are further advancing
towards the North after the successful completion of Operation Rice