Sri Lanka handover flood relief to Pakistan
Posted on August 10th, 2010

By Janaka Alahapperuma

The Government of Sri Lanka handed over a stock of 18 metric tons of dry rations and medicine as emergency relief goods to the Government of Pakistan at Chaklala Air Base, Islamabad on 8th August.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  A fully equippedƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  medical team was also deployed to help the victims.

On behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Pakistan, Air Chief Marshal Jayalath Weerakkody handed over the delivered consignment of food aid to Maimat-Ullah, additional Secretary and the Coordinator for the flood relief operations of the Pakistan Prime MinisterƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Office.

The flood relief contribution was coordinated by the Ministry of External Affairs of Sri Lanka along with Lak Sathosa on the directive of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Samba rice, red lentils, sugar, Chick peas, curry powder tea and other essentials worth nearly Rs 2.1 million were sent on a Sri Lanka Air force C-130 plane. Naimat-Ullah said that Sri Lanka has been a very special country for Pakistan and the relationship had always been exceptionally good and friendly and both countries have been there for each other in the hour of need. He profusely thanked the government and people of Sri Lanka for the kind gesture at this needy hour.

Dr Muhammad Tariq, The Director of South Asia of the Ministry of Foreign affair of Pakistan, M.H.M.N.Bandara, Minister Counselor and Defence Advisor, Group Captain Sampath Thuyacontha of the Sri Lanka High Commission in Islamabad participated at the occasion.

So far 14 million people have been hit by the worst floods in PakistanƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s history, killing at least 1,600.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  According to the Federal Flood Commission, the floods have swept through northern Pakistan regions of around 130,000sq km where 650,000 houses were destroyed. 557,000 Hectares of crop land has been flooded across the country and more than 10,000 cows have perished.

One Response to “Sri Lanka handover flood relief to Pakistan”

  1. Sri Rohana Says:

    Pakistan is a true friend of SL. They always helped us when we needed. “The friend we need is friend indeed”. Pakistan as a good friend never ever trained terrorists against Sri Lanka. They never tried to invade us. They never forced us to follow them. They never interfere to our internal matters. So in return now we have to help our brothers and sisters of Pakistan. It is a great decision of our President to send flood relief items to Pakistan. Long live Pakistan and Sri Lanka’s friendship.

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