TEHRAN, May 29, YJC - Iran extended condolences to Sri Lankan state and nation over the landslide which led to killing and missing of dozens of people.
TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi offered condolences to Sri Lankan state and nation over the tragic event.
Death toll from recent landslides and floods, triggered by monsoon, in Sri Lanka has reached 113, as the island nation has sought international assistance.
The state-run disaster management center, while updating the death toll from an earlier figure of 91, said on Saturday that nearly 100 people were still missing after the worst torrential downpours since 2003 drenched the tropical Indian Ocean island nation.
Sri Lanka's military also issued a statement on Saturday, saying it was doubtful any missing people would be found alive two days after the disastrous monsoon displaced some 27,000 people by the ensuing landslides and flash floods.
"I have my doubts. In landslides, it's difficult to find survivors after two days, and today is the second day," said army Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe.
More than 2,000 military personnel from the army, navy and air force were already undertaking a ceaseless coordinated operation to reach trapped villagers and evacuate those residing in areas likely to be hit by potential mudslides, he added.
Landslides, mudslides and raging floods are common during the monsoon season in Sri Lanka. In May last year, over 100 people lost their lives due to a massive landslide in the central regions of the country.