It's been awhile since we've written about what's going on here. I won't go into too much detail but suffice it to say that Leo and I saw the orange embers flying through the sky on Saturday night as the LTTE and government had a bit of a skiff through the air the night of the World Cup final match.
The electricity cut out for awhile to provide a blackout. Cellphones were buzzing with rumors of shooting and bombing and air attacks. The target was the oil reserve 6 km north of Colombo but somehow there was quite a bit more that happened that night. A couple of ultralights were reportedly flying around undetected. Government shooting up into the air and what goes up must come down. People injured to the north and south of us but nothing on our roof. We didn't realize the extent of what was going on until after we left town the next morning.
The next morning we headed south. Good time to get outta Dodge as they say.
A few international airlines have pulled out altogether. A few others have curtailed their flights. The airport itself has decided to shut down from 10:30pm to 4:30am to lessen the risk to international travelers. That changes things because most of the international flights were at night.
Meanwhile, the monsoon season is upon us and although I love the rain and the power of the storms here, Colombo is a flooded mess. Flooded out streets, electricity cutting in and out, massive storms. I think we might hibernate for a few days.
Sending out prayers for peace and a dry place to sleep for all the people in this soggy town.