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Sri Lanka sends 100,000 water bottles to Maldives

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The Sri Lankan government has flown the first shipment of 100,000 water bottles to the Maldives Friday to alleviate the water crisis in the city of Male' after a fire broke out in the water treatment plant shut down the water supply to the city.

The first shipment of the water bottles which included 6.5 tons of water have been flown to the Maldives in a SriLankan Airlines aircraft, Friday night.

The Maldivian Foreign Ministry said that Sri Lanka is sending emergency water supplies via every flight that comes from Colombo to the Maldives.

A serious fire incident at the Maldives Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC) Thursday afternoon has resulted in the total cutoff of water supply in the capital Male'. MWSC is the only source of water supply in the capital Male'.

The Maldivian government appealed to the friendly countries for help as about 100,000 people in the capital were left without drinking water.

India, Sri Lanka, the United States and China have assured the Maldivian Government of their support in the crisis, the Foreign Ministry said. Emergency assistance from India and Sri Lanka has already been received, the Ministry said.