NEW DELHI, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday called up his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani to condole the death of thousands in the huge floods that have devastated parts of the neighboring nation, and offered more aid for the victims.
"India has offered aid to your country and is even ready to do more. We are ready to offer our assistance in the relief and rescue operations being carried out there," a statement from the Prime Minister's Office quoted Singh as telling Gillani during a telephonic conversation.
The Indian PM also said that in such times of natural disasters, all of South Asia should rise to the occasion and extend every possible help to the people affected by the tragedy, the statement said.
The Indian PM's offer for more aid came a week after Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna called up his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi and offered 5 million U.S. dollars in aid for flood relief work, which Pakistan, so far, has not accepted.
Nearly one-fifth of Pakistan is reported to be badly hit by the devastating floods which are said to be the worst for the country in 80 years. At least 1,600 people have been killed in the flood.