Sri Lanka yesterday expressed condolences to the Japanese people on landslide tragedy in Hiroshima that killed at least 39 people.
"It is with a deep sense of shock and sadness that the people of Sri Lanka learnt of the devastating landslide that had struck Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan yesterday resulting in a number of deaths and massive destruction of property," External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.
"The Government and people of Sri Lanka extend their deepest condolences to members of the bereaved families. Their thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan during this difficult time, particularly all those whose lives have been affected by this devastating natural disaster."
Sri Lanka is confident that the Japanese people would be able to overcome the challenges with their innate fortitude and courage, the release said.
Meanwhile, President Mahinda Rajapaksa on also mourned the loss of lives and destruction due to the devastating landslides in Hiroshima.
"My thoughts go out to the families of those killed and affected by the landslides in Hiroshima, Japan, yesterday," President Rajapaksa said in a twitter message.
At least 39 people, including at least three children, have been confirmed dead after a series of landslides struck Hiroshima in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday.
"Sri Lankans also suffer from landslides. Thatís why the collaboration between our countries on this specific issue is so important," the President said.