Colombo, May 28: India has rushed relief materials and deployed rescue personnel in Sri Lanka as the island nation is facing its worst floods since 2003. The natural calamity claimed 146 lives, and displaced half a million. The Disaster Management Centre said that 112 people are still remaining missing.
India, the first country to respond, dispatched three Navy ships with emergency supplies to help Sri Lanka in the rescue and relief operations. The Indian rescue personnel are now being deployed to the disaster affected zone in coordination with Sri Lankan Navy and other authorities.
The ship is carrying additional relief material requested by Sri Lankan authorities including more inflatable boats. Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed provision of all necessary assistance and said that India stands with Sri Lankan brothers and sisters in their hour of need.
Sources in the External Affairs Ministry said, another ship INS Jalashwa has also set sail from Visakhapatnam to join the relief efforts. It is expected to reach Colombo within two days. INS Jalashwa is an even larger LPD (landing platform / dock) class of ship. The Indian rescue personnel are being deployed to the disaster affected zone in coordination with Sri Lankan Navy and other authorities.
India received a request from Sri Lanka Friday afternoon to provide assistance following flooding and landslides in various parts of the country. At least two lakh people have been affected in 14 districts.
Meanwhile, the Meteorology Department of Sri Lanka said that rain and windy condition is expected to continue over the South-Western part of the country due to South-Western monsoon. “Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Central and North-western provinces. Heavy falls (about 150 mm) can be expected at some places,” it said.