Colombo’s Shangri-La given US$1m after terror attack

April 29 2019 by InsuranceAsia News Staff

Ceylinco General and Chubb have made an upfront payment of US$1 million to Colombo’s Shangri-La hotel to start repair work following the devastating terrorist attack on Easter Sunday, April 21, according to Sri Lanka’s Sunday Observer.

Staff from Ceylinco General Insurance were in touch with the Shangri-La within a few hours of the incident and the next day an initial inspection was carried out. A loss adjuster has since been appointed by the reinsurer in consultation with Ceylinco General Insurance for further inspections; the hotel is currently closed.

Shangri-La’s properties in Sri Lanka and the Maldives are insured by Ceylinco Insurance in collaboration with Chubb, according to the paper.

Three Christian churches in Batticaloa, Colomvo and Negombo were targeted in the attack in addition to three luxury hotels in Colombo: the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Tropical Inn.

The bombings killed 253 people and left around 500 people injured; the majority of the dead were Sri Lankas while 46 foreigners were killed.

According to Sri Lankan government officials all seven of the suicide bombers were Sri Lankan citizens associated with local militant Islamist group National Thowheeth Jama’ath with suspected foreign ties.

There have been a number of deadly raids in the country since the incident as the army tries to root out those connected with the attack.


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