Pak to hand over re­lief items to Lankan Dis­as­ter Min­is­ter

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD—The first cargo flight of re­lief goods from Pak­istan, for the vic­tims of the re­cent dev­as­tat­ing floods, land­slides and tor­ren­tial rains in Sri Lanka, ar­rived in Sri Lanka’s cap­i­tal Colombo on Mon­day.

The Pak­istani cargo plane brought full load of C-130 air­craft car­ry­ing pri­or­ity re­lief items in­di­cated by the Sri Lankan au­thor­i­ties, at the Ban­daranaike In­ter­na­tional Air­port Katu­nayake.

The re­lief items con­tain­ing gen­er­a­tors, shel­ters, tents and medicines were handed over by Pak­istan’s High Com­mis­sioner in Sri Lanka Maj Gen (R) Syed Sha­keel Hus­sain to the Sri Lankan Min­is­ter for Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Anura Priyadar­shana Yapa M.P at a solemn cer­e­mony.

Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment S.S.Miyanawala, other se­nior of­fi­cials of Sri Lankan govern­ment and Air Force as well as of­fi­cers of the High Com­mis­sion were also present, says a mes­sage from Colombo re­ceived here. Ini­tially, the govern­ment of Pak­istan had de­cided to send a mod­ern 30-bed state-of-the-art field hospi­tal as well as 17 med­i­cal doc­tors for pro­vid­ing health care as­sis­tance, how­ever, on the ad­vice of the Sri Lankan govern­ment, the govern­ment of Pak­istan ex­cluded the field hospi­tal and has only sent the re­lief items as re­quested by the Sri Lanka govern­ment.

Floods and land­slides caused by tor­ren­tial rains with gale force winds in Sri Lanka have left 71 peo­ple dead, 127 miss­ing, and over 319,000 dis­placed from homes while over a 427,000 peo­ple are af­fected by the ad­verse weather. The Pak­istan’s High Com­mis­sioner re­it­er­ated the coun­try’s con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to as­sist Sri Lanka dur­ing its re­lief and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ef­forts. He af­firmed that Pak­istan was ready to as­sist Sri Lanka in any way to meet its ur­gent re­quire­ments in re­lief and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ef­forts. He said the peo­ple and govern­ment of Pak­istan stand with the brotherly peo­ple of Sri Lanka at this time of grief. Sri Lankan Min­is­ter for Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Anura Priyadar­shana Yapa M.P said that Pak­istan had been a close and stead­fast ally of Sri Lanka through­out the his­tory. He said Pak­istan had al­ways been amongst the first who come and sup­port the peo­ple and govern­ment of Sri Lanka. The sec­ond spe­cial flight car­ry­ing re­lief goods is ex­pected to ar­rive to­mor­row.—APP

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