India dispatches relief to flood-hit Lanka

Nick Mcbride
June 1, 2017

Meanwhile, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi today condoled the loss of lives and property in Sri Lanka due to heavy flooding and landslides.

Sri Lanka has appealed for outside help as the death toll from floods and mudslides on Saturday rose to 100 with 99 others missing.

"The first Indian ship will dock at Colombo on Saturday", the Sri Lankan government said in a statement.

An Indian Navy ship has arrived in Colombo, filled with relief supplies.

In the worst flood that Sri Lanka has seen since 2003, over 90 people killed and over 100 missing.

The Disaster Management Centre is also saying the heavy rainfall has helped end prolonged drought and filled the reservoirs used for hydroelectricity generation.

Heavy rainfall triggered flooding and mudslides that killed 91 and left at least 110 others missing, and the country has appealed for global aid to deal with the tragedy.

The official Disaster Management Centre (DMC) reported that over 60,000 people were driven out of their homes in the south and western parts of the country.

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The ship was received by Indian High Commissioner to Colombo Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake.

One of the ships reached Sri Lanka this morning and another will reach tomorrow.

He said India's move to send relief materials demonstrated the Indo-Lanka relations which are at an excellent level.

More than 2,000 military personnel from the army, navy and air force were already undertaking a ceaseless coordinated operation to reach trapped villagers and evacuate those residing in areas likely to be hit by potential mudslides, he added.

The country's meteorology department has predicted more rainfall in the next 24 hours, reported IANS.

Authorities said five rivers burst their banks as a result of a powerful monsoon.

Sri Lanka, which has been heavily deforested for cash crops, often witnesses landslides during the monsoon season.

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