Sri Lanka seeks worldwide help after deadly flooding, landslides

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake told CNN a ship full of relief supplies from India will arrive at the Colombo Port on Saturday morning.

Military boats and helicopters have been sent to help rescue operations.

Sri Lankan officials on Saturday, as reported by the media, said that more than 800 homes have also been damaged in the floods.

The disaster management centre has issued an evacuation notice to residents along the Kelani river.

The center said 38 deaths were reported from Kalutara while 46 were reported from the central southern district of Ratnapura.

Floods and landslides fueled by torrential rains have so far left 91 people dead and another 110 missing.

Deputy Minister for Disaster Management Dunesh Kankanda said many people were on roofs and treetops calling for help. The second will reach on Sunday.

A military official walks through the mud during a rescue mission at the site of a landslide in Bellana village in Kalutara, Sri Lanka.

Nearly 8,000 people were driven out of their homes in the southwestern region of Kalutara, one of the worst affected, according to the DMC.

"Our ships are being dispatched with relief material", Modi said. The ship will also include diving and medical teams to deal with the situation in Colombo.

#India stands by #SriLanka in this hour of need.

The military has deployed thousands of troops to reach marooned villagers and the airforce carried out several rescue operations to pluck people from rooftops of flooded homes.

Meteorological Department Chief R.S. Jayasekera said although the peak of the monsoon had passed, more rains are expected during the next few days, adding that it is expected to intensify again on May 30.

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

Mudslides have become more common in Sri Lanka during the monsoon season because land has been deforested to make way for export crops including tea and rubber.

  • Leroy Wright