Relief material from India reaches rain-hit Sri Lanka

New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Two ships and an aircraft carrying relief material from India have arrived in Sri Lanka which is battling torrential rain and landslides that have claimed over 60 lives and affected around 450,000 people, the external affairs ministry said on Saturday.

“Supporting an important neighbour. INS Sukanya and INS Sutlej arrive at Colombo Port with relief material for Sri Lanka,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

In a separate tweet, he said that a C17 aircraft carrying personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDMA) and National Disaster Management Authority and relief material has also reached the Sri Lankan capital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condoled the deaths and said India stood by to help the government and people of Sri Lanka.

The island nation’s central Kegalle district has reported the highest number of 34 deaths. Nearly 150 people are still buried under debris.

The landslide, which happened on Tuesday evening and buried three villages, is said to be the worst in Sri Lanka’s history.



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