Reporters on the ground in Aluthghama told Colombo Telegraph a short while ago that fires are still raging in certain business establishments and homes, with evidence of heavy looting by mobs who torched the establishments throughout the night.
Colombo Telegraph learns that Military reinforcements including personnel, trucks and riot fighting gear are currently being sent to Aluthgama.
The looting and subsequent torching, and attacks last night occurred despite the curfew which was imposed at 6.45 PM.
Reports said that attacks were carried till the wee hours of the morning.
An uneasy calm prevails over Aluthgama and Beruwala with the curfew still being imposed.
Unverified reports said that the death toll could increase.
Many Muslims are currently being housed at mosques and Muslim organisations are currently calling for dry rations and medicine for the displaced and wounded.