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India rushes ships to Sri Lanka to tackle floods in the island

India has rushed ships with relief materials to Sri Lanka to tackle the floods in south western parts of the island including Hambantota caused by incessant monsoon rains for three days continuously.

The first ship which has left India is expected to reach Colombo port with relief materials on May 27th morning. The second ship will arrive in the port on May 28. Further relief assistance is rushed to the island from India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a statement.

Seven thousand people have been affected in Galle town itself while other areas flooded include Matara, Kalutura, Ratnapura and Hambantota. Sri Lankan airforce has deployed two airforce helicopters for rescue operations.

India condoles the loss of lives and property in Sri Lanka due to flooding and landslides Mr Modi said in a statement according to an official release.

We stand with our Sri Lankan brothers and sisters in their hour of need.

Our ships are being dispatched with relief material. The first ship will reach Colombo tomorrow morning.

The second will reach on Sunday. Further assistance on its way.” the Prime Minister said.Heavy floods and landslides triggered by the worst rainfall since 1970s have killed over 90 people and left 110 missing in Sri Lanka, officials said, warning the situation could get worse.



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