Sri Lanka flood situation worsens, Indian Navy joins rescue mission

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The Indian Navy dispatched three ships to carry out relief operations in Sri Lanka as the government appealed for assistance from worldwide community.

Sri Lankan villagers load coffins of landslide victims onto an army armoured personnel carrier being used in rescue operations during major flooding in Bulathsinhala in Kalutara district on May 27, 2017. He said that mounds of earth and rocks crashed down in such a way that people could hardly survive, and that most of the affected places were still inundated.

The Disaster Management Center says more than 2,900 people have been displaced.

"We stand with our Sri Lankan brothers and sisters in their hour of need", he had said.

He said India's move to send relief materials demonstrated the Indo-Lanka relations which are at an excellent level.

At least 103 people were confirmed killed, 113 were missing and more than 230,000 were displaced by the landslides on Friday, the national disaster management centre said.

Other than death toll, it can not be said how many people have been affected by the calamity.

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"Sri Lankan meteorology officials said Thursday's rains are the worst since 2003", the wire service says.

Rainfall on Friday triggered the worst flooding and landslides in 14 years in the southern and western parts of the island, authorities said.

The INS Jalsahwa is an even larger LPD (landing platform / dock) class of ship, which can carry large amounts of relief material and is ideally suited for conduct of humanitarian assistance / and disaster relief missions.

Meteorological Department chief R.S. Jayasekera said although the peak of the monsoon had passed, more rains are expected during the next few days.

Authorities said five rivers burst their banks as a result of a powerful monsoon.

According to officials, this is the worst rainfall in Sri Lanka since 1970. Last year, more than 100 people were killed in a massive landslide in the country.

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