Iranaitivu inhabitants to protest against burying COVID victims at the island

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Inhabitants of Iranaitivu Island will be carrying out protests today (March 03) against the government’s decision to bury the bodies of COVID victims in their residential area.

During the press conference to announce Cabinet decisions held yesterday (March 02), Co-Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Keheliya Rambukwella revealed that Iranaitivu Island was chosen as the burial ground of COVID victims.

Accordingly, the Iranaitivu islanders are planning to march in protest of the said decision, Siyatha News reporter said.

Iranaitivu is a small island located in the Gulf of Mannar and part of Kilinochchi District.

Nearly 335 people belonging to 108 families, whose livelihood depends mainly on fishing, currently reside at Iranaitivu Island.

Following the end of the civil war, the inhabitants began returning to the Iranaitivu Island in 2017.

According to reports, none of the residents of Iranaitivu Island have been tested positive for COVID-19 so far.