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Ministry sends 10T essential items to aid Lankans in Male

The essential items being packed.
The essential items being packed.

The Foreign Ministry has dispatched 10 tonnes (2000 packs) of essential items, including dry rations, to be distributed among Sri Lankans living in the Maldives. The distribution of the rations is to be carried out by the Sri Lanka High Commission in Male, a press release issued by the Ministry said.

Special attention is to be shown to Lankans in Greater Male, as it has been declared a high-risk zone by the Maldivian Government and doesn't have access to much food or medicine, the press release said.

SriLankan Airlines has collaborated with the Foreign Ministry for this cause, carrying the support kits on a cost-free basis, last Sunday. Each individual support kit comprises of 18 items, which include basic commodities such as instant food packs and sanitary items, as well as medicine, it added.

Approximately 7,000 Sri Lankans are currently seeking repatriation from the Maldives, and of them, almost 2,000 are in Greater Male. The Foreign Ministry has already consulted with the Maldivian authorities, who have expressed their willingness for Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests to be facilitated to Sri Lankans being repatriated on payment, prior to departure, the press release read.

In most capitals, the Sri Lankan Missions overseas, availing of funds provided through special allocations from the Sri Lanka Government, and in collaboration with local organisations, continue to support migrant communities abroad through the provision of dry rations and medicine. Where possible, they also assist in medical emergencies in their respective locations, while continuing to assist and facilitate in the repatriation process of those seeking to return, it added.

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