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Sri Lanka Air Force flies spares to repair Male water plant

Dec 11 (EconomyNext) – The Sri Lanka Air Force Thursday flew spares and other parts urgently needed to repair the desalination facility in the Maldivian capital Male whose breakdown caused a drinking water shortage on the atoll.

An SLAF C-130 Hercules transport aircraft flew the equipment from Singapore to Maldives following a request from the Government of Maldives, Sri Lanka’s Ministry of External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

"Due to the size and dimensions of the cargo, it was not feasible to dispatch the equipment on a commercial flight."

Sri Lanka along with neighbouring countries last week flew supplies of bottled water to Male after a fire in the purification plant disrupted supplies to 120,000 residents, including thousands of expatriate workers.

Tourists were not affected as resorts have their own desalination plants.