Dhaka: Road Transport Minister and Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader today received the relief materials sent by New Delhi from Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla.
Earlier in the day, an Indian C-17 aircraft carrying 53 tonnes of relief materials landed at the southeastern port city of Chittagong. After receiving the aid, Obaidul Quader said, “In this humanitarian crisis, India is standing beside those in need of help. I want to thank India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on behalf of our government.”
While Indian High Commissioner Harsha Vardhan Shringla said, “It is a challenge for Bangladesh to cope with such a huge number of Rohingya refugees. Bangladesh government is trying its level best to provide food, clothes and shelter to the refugees. We appreciate their effort.”
Further Shringla added, “India has started ‘Operation Insaniyat (Humanity)’ to help the Rohingya refugees. Rice, lentil, biscuit, salt, sugar, soap, mosquito nets and powder milk are there in the first consignment.”
India aims to provide 7,000 tonnes of relief materials in phases and has prepared packets weighing 15kg each, according to the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.
At least 3,79,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh since the violence erupted in the Rakhine state on August 25, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
According to the Unicef, 60% of the Rohingya who recently came over to Bangladesh are children. Unicef also started their aid distribution process on Thursday. Unicef’s trucks, filled with emergency water, sanitation and hygiene supplies for thousands of Rohingya children, have started for Cox’s Bazar, with a steady stream of supplies in the pipeline for the coming days.