As Sri Lanka battles its worst flood in 14 years, the Indian Navy has redefined camaraderie by diving in to help. India has sent immediate aid to the neighbour and the Indian Navy is working with local Sri Lanka Red Cross volunteers in their search and rescue operations.
The Indian Navy’s official Twitter handle has been posting updates since the rescue work started. The offical handle retweeted a video going viral, posted by the official Twitter handle of the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka, named ‘Indians in Sri Lanka’, showing the rescue operations where officers of the Indian Navy are saving dogs from drowning in a flooded area. Watch the video here:
— India in Sri Lanka (@IndiainSL) May 29, 2017
The havoc caused by the flood has already taken 146 lives, while another 112 are missing. The toll is expected to rise. According to Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Disaster Management, the flood is the result of monsoon rains across Southwestern portions of the country.
Authorities are battling to rescue people stranded in affected areas. There are warnings of crocodile attacks also, making the rescue operations tougher. About half a million people have been affected.
India has sent three naval vessels to Sri Lanka to deliver relief aid and disaster expertise, under the immediate directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
INS Kirch was diverted to Colombo on Saturday for immediate flood relief operations, while INS Shardul and INS Jalashwa also reached Sri Lanka with relief material.