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China sends more fresh water to Maldives

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12-09-2014 11:09 BJT

China has offered another 65 tonnes of fresh water to the Maldives via civil aircraft to help ease the ongoing water crisis in the Maldives. The fresh water was donated by the Chinese government and Chinese businesses in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. 

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China is considering further aid in accordance with their immediate needs.

"The Chinese government has provided emergency cash assistance to the Maldives and dispatched warships, military transport aircrafts and commercial planes to deliver fresh water. The Chinese government and Chinese-funded enterprises in Sri Lanka and the Maldives have also sent 85 tons of bottled water to the Maldives by commercial flights," he says.

A Chinese navy rescue vessel shipped nearly 700 tonnes of fresh water to Male, capital of the Maldives on Sunday night and the desalination facility on board helped with shortage. Two planes with the Chinese Air Force flew 40 tonnes of fresh water to Male on Monday. 

Besides, the Chinese government has donated 500 thousand US dollars to the Maldives government following their appeal for aid. A fire last Thursday severely damaged its capital Male’s sole water treatment plant. More than 100 thousand people were left without safe drinking water. The Chinese government promised the Maldives 1,000 tons of fresh water, of which 20 tons arrived on Saturday.

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