Indian Prime Minister condoles on loss of lives in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Air Force airman carries the U.N. flag during training for a road patrol at the Institute of Peace Support Operations Training in Kukuleganga Sri Lanka. Instructors at the training camp said they have taken steps

Sri Lanka Air Force airman carries the U.N. flag during training for a road patrol at the Institute of Peace Support Operations Training in Kukuleganga Sri Lanka. Instructors at the training camp said they have taken steps

Heavy floods and landslides triggered by the worst rainfall since 1970s have killed at least 92 people and left 110 missing in Sri Lanka, officials said on Friday, warning the situation could get worse.

Pakistan said it was in talks with Sri Lankan authorities to identify its needs.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed provision of all necessary assistance.

The state-run disaster management center, while updating the death toll from an earlier figure of 91, said on Saturday that almost 100 people were still missing after the worst torrential downpours since 2003 drenched the tropical Indian Ocean island nation.

The INS Shardul with medical relief kits and diving teams and INS Jalashwa carrying victualing, clothing, medicines and water will also soon reach Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan army and police have been deployed in the area for search and rescue operations.

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake visited the Port to receive Indian Naval Ship "INS Kirch".

Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said the death toll was rising as reports filtered in from outlying areas.

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The first Indian rescue ship, INS Krich arrived at the Colombo harbour.

Torrential rainfall inundated the nation late this week as the Southwest Monsoon officially arrived.

Officials said deaths were reported from the western coastal district of Kalutara, the central southern district of Ratnapura and the southern district of Matara.

Rain was expected to continue through the night, though "at a lesser intensity", according to meteorological department chief S.R. Jayasekera.

The flooding is believed to be the worst since May 2003 when a similarly powerful south-west monsoon destroyed 10,000 homes and killed 250 people.

Mudslides have become common during the monsoon season in Sri Lanka, a tropical Indian Ocean island nation, as land has been heavily deforested to grow export crops such as tea and rubber.

Last year, more than 100 people were killed in a massive landslide.

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