A tragedy - up close
By Amantha Perera
hits most when a body is unearthed after four days under mud is
the smell. When the body slowly emerges from within, the foul smell
that hits you physically is the reality check that television images
You keep telling yourself that the
headless mangled lump that appears slowly was once a human being, but
the smell is overwhelming. Then the flies appear from nowhere buzzing
with excitement and with a sole purpose, to get as close as they can
to the festering flesh.
These were scenes at Palvilla, in
Ratnapura, where a massive landslide had buried 40 odd houses and
turned the once bustling village into one mass grave.