India extends hand to Sri Lanka, sends 2nd INS Shardul with relief materials
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 29-May-2017

Colombo (Sri Lanka), May 29: India extended a hand of support to Sri Lanka who recently affected from landslides and heavy flood. Second Indian Navy Ship (INS) Shardul after INS Kirch dispatched to Sri Lanka reached Colombo Port on Sunday.

INS Shardul arrives Sri Lanka on Sunday afternoon. The ship consists of the relief materials and specialized teams who will provide help to the communities affected by the extreme weather in Sri Lanka.

Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Indian High Commissioner to Colombo with Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake accepted the INS Kirch packed with relief items previously on Saturday.

India dispatches three INS to Sri Lanka with the aim to extend helping hand in massive rescue and relief operations which are launched by the island nation's triforces.

INS Shardul consists of 27 officers and 100 sailors carried a medical team of three doctors with 6 medical assistants. The INS also consists of a diving team of 12 divers, and several life-saving teams. The ship also brought dry rations, drinking water bottles and medicines.

Apart from INS Kirch and INS Shardul, the third ship INS Jalashwa expected to reach Sri Lanka soon carrying victualling, clothing, medicines and water.

Sri Lanka’s tri-forces personnel including more than 1000 army with the Disaster Management Centre (DMC), District and Divisional Secretariats, Police and other authorities in flood-affected areas are currently engaged in the rescue and relief operations.

INS Kirch while patrolling in the Bay of Bengal was diverted to Sri Lanka to help in the flood affected people. The ship carried essential commodities like dry rations, bottles of drinking water, makeshift shelters and medicine. After completing the relief activity in Sri Lanka INS Kirch left Colombo port.