Indian naval ship leaves for Lanka


An Indian naval ship with relief materials for people affected by floods in Sri Lanka reached Colombo Port this morning.Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake received Naval Ship INS Kirch at the Port.

The country's Disaster Management Centre said more than 61,000 people had been affected by the conditions, while more than 2,000 had been taken to safer places.

People are transported on top of an armoured personnel carrier on a flooded road as a man pushes his bike thorugh the water, in Bulathsinhala village, in Kalutara, Sri Lanka May 27, 2017.

Floods and landslides in the south and west regions of Sri Lanka have killed at least 100 people and damaged more than 800 homes, officials said on Saturday, May 27.

Sri Lankan military rescuers and villagers stand on the debris of a house that was destroyed by a landslide in Bellana village on Friday.

The first vessel with humanitarian aid from India arrived in Colombo earlier on Saturday. Sri Lanka has appealed for outside help as dozens were killed in floods and mudslides and dozens others went missing.

"I have my doubts". Gen. Sudantha Ranasinghe, who is heading the search and rescue mission.

"Most of the fatalities were due to landslides and only a very few drowned", said Senaratne who is also the health minister.

"In landslides, it's hard to find survivors after two days, and today is the second day", Ranasinghe said. But some remained trapped in interior villages where boats have been unable to reach.

Rescuers had set up 185 camps for displaced people and the town of Matara in the south of the island was being evacuated because of the risk of flooding, the spokesman said.

The Sri Lankan government on Friday made an appeal to the United Nations, the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) and neighbouring countries to provide assistance for the affected people, especially in the areas where search and rescue operations were ongoing.