Sri Lanka plans medical help to Myanmar

May 06, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is planning to send a team of medical doctors and nurses to Myanmar, the foreign ministry said. Media reports said around 22,000 people are believed to have been killed by a cyclone that raged through the country last week.

The government was also making a donation of 25,000 US dollars to Myanmar.

Sri Lanka was planning to import 50,000 metric tonnes of rice from the country this year.

The trade ministry is still expecting the first shipment to arrive in the island later this month.

Myanmar was expected to export more than 400,000 metric tonnes of rice this year, but the World Food Program has warned that the cyclone may affect exports.