COLOMBO, June 1 (Xinhua) -- Three Chinese navy ships arrived in the Port of Colombo on Wednesday to assist in the ongoing relief operations after major floods and landslides caused by severe rains killed over 200 people in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka Navy said in a statement on Thursday.
The three Chinese Navy ships - "Chang Chun," "Jing Zhou," and "Chao Hu" - were welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions on their arrival.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Chinese navy officers called on Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Ravindra Wijegunaratne and handed over relief materials which included rice, flour, bottled water, instant noodles, 10 rescue rubber boats and medical supplies.
The Chinese navy will also dispatch 16 doctors as part of a rescue team to conduct medical assistance in flood-affected areas.
The Sri Lankan Navy commander thanked the Chinese government, the people and the Chinese Navy for the assistance rendered to Sri Lanka during this hour of grief.
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