PR No.340 PAKISTAN’S RELIEF CONSIGNMENTS TO MITIGATE DROUGHT SITUATION IN SRI LANKA Islamabad: March 31, 2017
In order to express solidarity and compassion with the brotherly people of Sri Lanka, the Government of Pakistan is dispatching three relief ships containing 3000 Metric Tons (03 million kgs) of rice, to alleviate the effects of severe drought in Sri Lanka, says a press release received here today from Sri Lanka.
This relief tranche is a part of total 10,000 Metric Tons (10 million kgs) of rice approved by the Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for drought affectees of Sri Lanka. The remaining 7000 Metric Tons rice will also reach Colombo within April 2017.
Earlier, in February 2017, the Government of Pakistan had already sent a relief flight to Colombo containing 25 Metric Ton of rice for drought affected people.
The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Maj. Gen. (R) Syed Shakeel Hussain will hand over the relief consignments to Sri Lankan authorities at Colombo Port in first week of April.
Both friendly countries have been assisting each other in challenging times especially in view of the catastrophic situations.