Sri Lanka landslides, floods kill 91, Indian Navy pressed into action

Floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka killed at least 91 people, while more than 100 people are missing after torrential rains, authorities said on Friday as soldiers raging on boats and helicopters to support rescue operations.
The Indian Navy has also lobbied for action to help the island nation with INS Kirch operating in the Gulf of Bengal to move to Colombo to provide immediate assistance in rescue operations.
INS Shardul kits with medical and diving equipment left the port of Kochi in Kerala at 7 am and are likely to reach Colombo tonight.
In addition, INS Jalashwa will soon launch Visakhapatnam with HADR (Aid for Humanitarian Disaster Aid) stores that include food, clothing, medicines and water.
The ship will also transport medical and diving equipment, as well as Gemini artisans and helicopters to assist relief efforts. They are likely to arrive late in the morning or noon on May 28, Sunday.
“There are at least five landslides reported in several locations in Kalutara,” police spokesman Priyantha Jayakody said, referring to the most affected area on the west coast of the island.
“The rescue operations continue to take place.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences and solidarity with Sri Lanka, providing full assistance in relief and rehabilitation. The Disaster Management Center said 91 people were killed and 110 were missing. The centre said that 38 deaths have been reported in Kalutara, while 46 were reported in the central district of Ratnapura in the south.
Military spokesman Roshan Senevirathne said about 400 soldiers were deployed with ships and helicopters to help police and civilian agencies.
The wettest time of year in southern Sri Lanka is usually during the southern monsoon, from May to September. The island also receives heavy rains in the north-west of the dream season from November to February.

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