Essential items and dry rations: Dispatched to Lankans in Maldives

The Foreign Ministry has dispatched 10,000 kg (2,000 packs) of essential items including dry rations to be distributed through the Sri Lanka High Commission in the Maldives amongst the Sri Lankan community in Male and outer Male.

This is an effort to mitigate the many difficulties faced by the Sri Lankan community in the Maldives due to the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic with access to food items and medicines being limited, the Foreign Ministry has said.
SriLankan Airlines had collaborated with the Foreign Ministry in this cause.

Approximately 7,000 Sri Lankans are currently seeking repatriation from the Maldives, and out of this, almost 2,000 are in Greater Male.

The Foreign Ministry has already consulted the Maldivian authorities, who have expressed their willingness to conduct PCR tests on the Sri Lankans being repatriated on payment, prior to departure.