Colombo, May 28 (newsin.asia): The second Indian naval ship, INS Shardul, arrived at the Colombo Port Sunday afternoon with relief material for the flood and landslide affected areas of Sri Lanka. . INS Shardul is a tank carrier.
The relief materials were received by the Sri Lankan Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu.
A third vessel INS Jalashwa, a landing craft will be coming on Monday.
The first vessel INS Kirch, a corvette, had arrived on Saturday and its men have already started working in Kalutara district south of the capital city.
India had responded within 24 hours of the Sri Lankan government’ global appeal for help, High Commissioner Sandhu said.
The number of deaths reported in floods and landslides in Sri Lanka have increased to 146, while 112 people have gone missing, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said on Sunday.
In its latest situation report, the DMC said the adverse weather conditions had left 52 people injured. In total, 442,299 people of 114,124 families had been affected.
(The featured picture at the top shows Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake and Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu speaking to the media after the arrival of INS Shardul)