1. Indian Navy carries on relief operations in flood-hit Sri Lanka

Indian Navy carries on relief operations in flood-hit Sri Lanka

Medical teams, boats and supplies were deployed in Sri Lanka by the Indian Navy on Monday as relief operations continued in the worst floods faced by the island nation since 2003, killing 164 while 104 people are still reported missing.

By: | New Delhi | Published: May 29, 2017 10:55 PM
indian navy, sri lanka flood, sri lanka flood relief operation, navy relief operation in sri lanka, ins kirch, ins jalshwa, ins shardul Debris of houses is seen after a flood affected a village in Matara, Sri Lanka. (Reuters)

Medical teams, boats and supplies were deployed in Sri Lanka by the Indian Navy on Monday as relief operations continued in the worst floods faced by the island nation since 2003, killing 164 while 104 people are still reported missing. Indian Naval ships INS Kirch, INS Jalashwa and INS Shardul from Southern Command were despatched on May 27 and 28 with relief material and aid by the Indian Navy.

Naval ships are also standing by for possible requirements of more relief operations, as Cyclone Mora that wreaked havoc in Sri Lanka is set to hit Chittagong in Bangladesh on Tuesday.

On Monday, nine Gemini boats, 28 divers, seven medical officers and 16 medical assistants, along with medical supplies, were deployed. The Indian Navy also has over 1,300 water purification kits, 3,000 water bottles and the ships have plants with a capacity of purifying 3,000 liters of water per day. Two Chetak and one UH3H helicopters will be used as required, Navy officials said.

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    kushal kumar
    May 30, 2017 at 6:25 am
    Very sad. India must send as much support as it can to the neighbour. This Vedic astrology writer has been alerting for long that during August-September or before in 2017, sea or countries near sea should be ready to face natural disasters like massive record rain or floods and the like. It seems India may also be prepared in coming months , particularly in August-September ( 19 August to 4 September) in present year 2017 to face natural or man made disasters in sea , through sea and in coastal States like Tamil Nadu , Gujrat , Andhra Pradesh , Telangana , Mumbai- Goa, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. These alerts were made last year in October and November 2016.
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