Hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance to Mal­dives from In­dia


In a swift re­sponse to the na­tional cri­sis faced by the Mal­dives, fol­low­ing the shut­ting down the de­sali­na­tion plants in a fire in­ci­dent in cap­i­tal in Malé, the In­dian Gov­ern­ment pressed into ser­vice as much as five In­dian Air Force (IAF) trans­port air­craft and one naval ves­sel car­ry­ing a large con­sign­ment of potable wa­ter to meet the im­me­di­ate re­quire­ment of the peo­ple in Malé.

Out of five air­craft, the first air­craft to reach Malé was an IL-76 car­ry­ing 22 tonnes of potable wa­ter, one C-17 Globe­mas­ter III car­ry­ing 28 tonnes has also reached Male and another C-17 Globe­mas­ter III car­ry­ing 50 tonnes also reached Malé. Two more IL-76 trans­port air­craft of IAF left New Delhi on De­cem­ber 5.

The In­dian Navy dis­patched INS Sukanya to Malé. INS Sukanya car­ried 35 tonnes of fresh­wa­ter and has two re­verse os­mo­sis (RO) plants on­board which have a ca­pac­ity of pro­duc­ing 20 tonnes of fresh­wa­ter per day. INS Sukanya, an off­shore pa­trol ves­sel, was on a rou­tine pa­trol off Kochi. She was di­verted to reach Malé at the ear­li­est to ren­der nec­es­sary as­sis­tance and all the pos­si­ble help to Mal­di­vian au­thor­i­ties.

Mal­dives, an is­land na­tion in the In­dian Ocean, has no nat­u­ral wa­ter source and con­sumes only treated sea wa­ter.

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