India provides help as death toll hits 100 in Sri Lanka floods

Relief officials said the monsoon had been expected, yet the rainfall was at unexpected levels.

Floodwaters surround a temple in Bulathsinhala in Sri Lanka's Kalutara district on May 27, 2017.

Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka's southern and western regions have killed at least 122 people and damaged more than 1,700 homes, officials said on Saturday.

He said mounds of earth and rocks crashed down in such a way that people were unlikely to survive, and that most of the affected places were still inundated.

27 de mayo de 2017, 11:40Colombo, May 27 (Prensa Latina) Over 100 people have passed away in southwestern Sri Lanka due to flooding and landslides caused by heavy rainfall in recent days, the National Emergency Response Center reported.

"I visited the disaster-affected Kalutara district this morning".

Earlier, the head of military rescue operations Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe told the BBC that troops had reached all the affected areas and the risk to life had receded.

India has offered more aid, including helicopters, to boost the relief operations, government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said.

"The [Indian] High Commission is in contact with Sri Lankan authorities and will coordinate any requirement of additional relief assistance as per the situation", a statement said.

Medical and diving teams along with boats and helicopters are also being sent on board INS Jalashwa to assist Sri Lanka in rescuing people from flood-hit area, Indian Navy spokesperson Captain D K Sharma said. "We stand with our Sri Lankan brothers and sisters in their hour of need", the Prime Minister said.

The flooding is the worst since May 2003 when 250 people were killed and 10,000 homes destroyed after a similarly powerful monsoon, officials said.

The Foreign Ministry said that in coordination with the Disaster Management Ministry, an appeal had been made to the United Nations and neighbouring countries to provide assistance "especially in the areas of search and rescue operations".

Monsoon rains past year caused flooding and landslides, killing just over 100 people.

Landslides, mudslides and raging floods are common during the monsoon season in Sri Lanka.

  • Leroy Wright