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Urgent supplies sent to Lankans in the Maldives – Government

URGENT SUPPLIES – Staff packing the boxes of essentials sent to Lankans in the Maldives/MFR handout

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has dispatched urgent supplies for its citizens in the Maldives who are facing difficulties due to the shortage of food and medicines, the government said.

A media release from the Foreign Relations Ministry said 2,000 packs of essential items including dry rations have been flown to Male.

They are to be distributed through the Sri Lanka High Commission in the Maldives, amongst the Sri Lankan community members in Male and outer Male.

The Maldivian government has declared a Red Alert in the Greater Male area with the spread of the COVID 19 virus.

It had earlier urged foreign governments to evacuate their citizens.

Sri Lankan Airlines is flying the packs to the Maldives free of charge, the Ministry said.

These individual support kit contain 18 items, which include basic commodities such as instant food packs and sanitary items and also much needed medicines that are commonly used by the community.

Approximately 7000 Sri Lankans are currently seeking repatriation from the Maldives, and of this, almost 2000 are in Greater Male.

The Foreign Ministry has already consulted with the Maldivian authorities, who have expressed willingness for PCR tests to be facilitated to Sri Lankans being repatriated on payment, prior to departure. (Colombo, June 11, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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