India ups its aid for cyclone-ravaged Mozambique

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 23, 2019, 10.50 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

India has sent another Indian Navy ship INS MAGAR as part of its operation "Sahayata 2019" to help the people of Mozambique who are reeling under the impact of cyclone IDAI, the category 4 cyclone to hit southern Africa on 15th March.

The ship contains medicines, dry provisions, ready-to-eat meals, daily essentials & clothing items and would cater to approximately 1000 persons for 7 days. The essential items include 500 kg of epidemic-related medicines & 400 tonnes of rice.

In the aftermath of the cyclone, New Delhi had sent 3 Indian naval ships to the country — INS Sujata, ICGS Sarathi and INS Shardul which are currently undertaking Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief operations in coordination with local authorities & Indian High Commission. 

The 3 Indian Navy ships so far have been able to rescue 192 people & provide medical assistance to 1381 persons in medical camps.

Meanwhile, Indian helicopters are helping in the evacuation of people by facilitating aerial survey and are also dropping of food & water packets in areas inaccessible to reach on foot.

The Indian Navy was the first responder in the evolving humanitarian crises in the aftermath of Cyclone IDAI. Assistance is also being sent to neighbouring Zimbabwe and Malawi which were hit by the cyclone.

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The 3 Indian Navy ships so far have been able to rescue 192 people & provide medical assistance to 1381 persons in medical camps.