Indian Navy’s two ships have been rushed with relief material to Sri Lanka, which has been severely hit by the cyclone Roanu. Two ships, INS Sunayna, an NOPV (Naval offshore patrol vessel) and INS Sutlej, a survey vessel have been sent to Colombo from Southern Naval Command Kochi.
The cyclone has wreaked havoc along Sri Lankan coast. 43 people have been killed and 133 were missing following massive landslides and floods in the Kegalle region. Schools throughout the country have been closed as a precaution.
The first tropical cyclone, ROANU, of the season in the Bay of Bengal has caused devastation for thousands in Sri Lanka.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), intense rainfall will continue in southern states of the country, elevating the flood threat the next few days.
Heavy rainfall is expected in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha as the storm will move away from Lanka tracking northeastward into Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea as the condition along and off Andhra Pradesh, South Odisha and West Bengal coasts.
In Andhra Pradesh, the district administrations have been asked to see that people staying in low-lying areas are shifted to safer places.