India Sends Relief Assistance For Rohingya Refugees In Bangladesh

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Dhaka: An Indian Air Force (IAF) plane reached Chittagong on Thursday with 50 metric tonnes of relief assistance for the lakhs of Rohingya refugees who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine province for Bangladesh.

“In response to the humanitarian crisis being faced on account of the large influx of refugees into Bangladesh, government of India has decided to extend assistance to Bangladesh,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a press release, announcing the commencement of Operation Insaniyat.

The relief material consists of items like rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, tea, ready-to-eat noodles, biscuits and mosquito nets.

In total, 7000 metric tonnes of relief aid will be moved through the operation, as per the Indian high commission in Bangladesh.

The first tranche of 53 metric tonne reached Chittagong with an IAF plane on Thursday afternoon.

The Indian high commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Shringla met the first flight and handed over the relief consignment to Bangladesh’s Road Transport and Bridges minister, Obaidul Quader, who is also Awami League general secretary.

“India has always responded readily and swiftly to any crisis in Bangladesh, in keeping with the close ties of friendship between the people of India and Bangladesh. India stands ready to provide any assistance required by the government of Bangladesh in this hour of need,” the MEA said in the press release.