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* Russia sends 32 tons of flood relief supplies to Sri Lanka
Wed, Aug 9, 2017, 08:37 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 09, Colombo: The Russian Federation on the request of Sri Lankan government has sent some 32 tons of relief supplies to Sri Lanka devastated by the recent floods.

The Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters (EMERCOM) said the Ministry has finished loading an Ilyushin Il-76 military transport plane with relief goods for Sri Lanka.

The plane left Moscow for Colombo on Tuesday and is carrying mobile power stations, tents and cutlery.

"Following the request of the Sri Lanka’s Government and in accordance with the order of the Russian Government the plane will shortly take off from Moscow for Colombo to deliver some 32 tons of relief supplies to the population of Sri Lanka affected by flooding," the Ministry said in a statement.

Earlier, Russian Minister for Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov has sent the Sri Lanka’s Disaster Relief Minister a telegram offering condolences and expressing readiness to assist in coping with the impact of the tropical cyclone.

According to UN report, 212 deaths have been confirmed and 78 people remain missing. Over 3,000 houses have been destroyed.


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