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Pakistan to provide food aid

Pakistan on Thursday dispatched 10,000 MT rice to Sri Lanka in line with the prime minister’s directive to provide all necessary assistance in the wake of severe drought in that country.

“The procedure for the dispatch of 10,000 MT rice to Sri Lanka through containerized shipments, has been initiated. The first shipment out of 10,000 MT rice from Pakistan (sent on March 30) will reach Sri Lanka on April 3.

“Earlier, 25 MT rice have already been dispatched to Colombo, on February 8 through PAF aircraft, as immediate short-term assistance,” said a foreign ministry statement.

Sri Lanka is facing its worst drought in four decades with more than a million people experiencing acute water shortages, according to officials.

The shortage of rain last year has lowered water levels in rivers in parts of the country.

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