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|Time zone||Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone (UTC+5:30)|
Kattankudy (Tamil: காத்தான்குடி, Sinhalese: කාත්තාන්කුඩි, (Arabic: مدينة قَحْطَان, Madheenathul Qahthan) also transliterated as "Kathankudy" is a township in Sri Lanka, located along its eastern coastline, about 339 km (211 mi) away from Capital - Colombo. The township has an estimated population over 50,000 Muslims.
Kattankudy is one of the many Muslim dominated towns in Sri Lanka. It is said that Kattankudy is the most densely populated city in Sri Lanka with nearly 50,000 residents, calculated at 6,726 inhabitants per square kilometer in 2012. On 3 August 1990, the Muslims of the Kattankudy faced one of most gruesome massacres in Sri Lanka’s recent history by the Tamil Tiger Terrorists group, LTTE where 147 men and boys were gunned down inside a mosque.
Most of the people are engaged in business, industries and fisheries. The division of Kattankudy occupies the central part of the district. It covers land area of approximately 2.56 km2 (0.99 sq mi) and 1.33 km2 (0.51 sq mi) of inland waterways, the division account for 0.15% of the district's total land area.
The township got its name derived from the term Qahtanite (Arabic: قَحْطَانِي; transliterated: Qahtani) referring to the Arab tribe "Qahtan" which originates from the southern region of the Arabian Peninsula. Many Qahtani men who came as merchants, married the women in this town, and thus the township got its name, Kattankudy, (Tamil: காத்தான்குடி), (Arabic: مدينة قَحْطَان, Madheenathul Qahthan).
North : Manmunai North Divisional secretariat.
East : Bay of Bengal (Sea).
South : Manmunaipattu Divisional Secretariat.
West : Batticaloa Lagoon.
GS Divisions and Population (2014)
|GS Number||Area||Total Families||Population|
|167A||New Kattankudy North||1624||5429|
|167B||New Kattankudy East||2016||7847|
|167C||New Kattankudy South||1567||5485|
|167D||New Kattankudy West||697||2429|
Kattankudy Mosque Massacre
Kattankudy Mosque Massacre was the killing of over 147 Muslim men and boys in a Mosque in Kattankudy by LTTE cadres on 3 August 1990. It took place when around 30 Tamil rebels raided four mosques in the town of Kattankudy, where over 300 people were prostrating in Isha prayers. The attack is widely attributed to LTTE, who denied their involvement in the massacre, and have never retracted that denial. The initial report put the death toll at around 100, but as many of the injured who were rushed to hospital succumbed to their injuries, the final death toll rose to over 147.
Tsunami hit Kattankudy on 26 December 2004, with approximately 108 people died in Kattankudy and 93 persons are still listed as missing. Around 2,500 houses were damaged by the tsunami in Kattankudy.
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