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Tamil Tiger Rebels Praised for Relief Efforts in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger separatists are being praised by international aid workers for their efficient handling of the tsunami aftermath in the northern region controlled by the rebels.

The Washington Post reports from northern Sri Lanka that the Tigers should get most of the credit for quickly restoring order, at least in the town of Mullaittivu, which lost 3,000 of its 5,300 residents to the tsunami.

The report says by Monday afternoon, just eight days after the devastating tsunami hit Sri Lanka, most of the corpses had been burned and the ground sprayed with disinfectant. It says Mullaittivu's streets had been cleared and utility poles were being re-erected.

The newspaper's correspondent found that some 1500 displaced residents had been sheltered in a college building - complete with adequate food, clothes and medicines.