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* Sri Lanka Air Force delivers aid to Pakistan flood victims
Mon, Aug 9, 2010, 11:12 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka Air Force C-130 loaded with 18 metric tons of aid to Pakistan flood victims took off from the Air Force Base at Ratmalana in the early hours of Sunday (08) the government announced.

The C-130 aircraft with a seven-member crew, carrying dry rations of rice, sugar, lentils and tea worth over Rs.3 million, left for Islamabad yesterday.

Lanka Sathosa has delivered all the food aid to th e Air Force and the Air Force has handled all the logistics of the operation to deliver the aid to the victims of recent floods in Pakistan.

This initiative of humanitarian assistance was implemented under the direction of President Mahinda Rajapaksa through the Ministry of External Affairs. It comes in view of the close bilateral ties between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the government said.

The worst floods in Pakistan since 1929 have killed over 1,600 people and left over 15 million people requiring emergency assistance.

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