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Chinese military aircraft send water to Maldives

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12-08-2014 17:18 BJT

China is providing more emergency aid in cash and drinking water to the Maldives capital, Male. 

About 150,000 residents face water scarcity, after a fire at the Maldives Water and Sewage Company damaged the company's equipment on Thursday.

The Chinese government has donated US$500,000 to the Maldives government to restore water to Maldives capital. The Chinese Foreign Ministry says more assistance is underway.

"China has provided emergency monetary aids to Maldives. Meanwhile, we’ve sent fresh water to Maldives via military planes and vessels, as well as commercial planes. We've dispatched the Chang-xing-dao vessel to Maldives, with 700 tons fresh water on board. The Chang-xing-dao vessel is capable of desalting 70 tons of seawater every day, it arrived in Maldives on Sunday night. And two Chinese military aircraft laden with 40 tons of drinking water arrived at Male this morning. In the meantime, the Chinese government, along with Chinese enterprises in Sri Lanka and Maldives, have sent 85 tons of bottled water to the country via commercial airlines. We will discuss the next step aid in accordance with the need of Maldives," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei.

Soldiers unload drinking water at an airport in Male, capital of Maldives, in the early morning of Dec. 8, 2014. Two Chinese military aircraft carrying 40 tonnes of drinking water arrived in water-starved Maldives on Monday. (Xinhua/Yang Meiju)

Soldiers unload drinking water at an airport in Male, capital of Maldives, in the early morning of Dec. 8, 2014. Two Chinese military aircraft carrying 40 tonnes of drinking water arrived in water-starved Maldives on Monday. (Xinhua/Yang Meiju)

A Chinese Air Force Aircraft carrying drinking water arrives at the airport in Male, capital of Maldives, in the early morning of Dec. 8, 2014. Two Chinese military aircraft carrying 40 tons of drinking water arrived in water-starved Maldives on Monday. (Xinhua/Yang Meiju)

A Chinese Air Force Aircraft carrying drinking water arrives at the airport in Male, capital of Maldives, in the early morning of Dec. 8, 2014. Two Chinese military aircraft carrying 40 tons of drinking water arrived in water-starved Maldives on Monday. (Xinhua/Yang Meiju)

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