Indian Navy joins flood relief operations in Lanka

RSTV Bureau

The Indian Navy has been pressed into action to help Sri Lankan people stuck in floods. INS Kirch operating in Bay of Bengal being diverted to Colombo to render immediate assistance in flood relief operations.

Sri-Lanka-Floods-2Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka have killed at least 91 people while more than 100 are missing after torrential rain as soldiers fanned out in boats and in helicopters to help with rescue operations.

India has sent navy ships with rescue and relief material to Sri Lanka, where torrential rains and landslides have resulted in several deaths and massive devastation over the last two days.

INS Shardul with medical relief kits and diving teams left from Kerala’s Kochi port at 7am and is likely to reach Colombo by tonight.

Additionally, INS Jalashwa shall sail out from Visakhapatnam shortly with HADR (Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief) stores which includes victualing, clothing, medicines and water.

The ship will also carry medical and diving teams along with Gemini crafts and helicopters to assist in relief operations. It is likely to reach late morning or by noon on May 28, Sunday.

“There are at least five landslides reported in several places in Kalutara,” said police spokesman Priyantha Jayakody, referring to the worst-hit district on the island’s west coast.

“Rescue operations are still taking place.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences and solidarity with Sri Lanka, further assuring of complete assistance in relief and rehabilitation operations.

Landslides and floods killed at least 91 people in Sri Lanka on Friday, the Disaster Management Centre said.

Nearly 50,000 people across 13 districts in the southern parts of the island were affected and about 8,000 of them had to be evacuated from

Kalutara, a coastal city some 40 km south of Colombo, among the worst hit.

Last May, Sri Lanka experienced severe floods in which at least a 100 people died.