India to provide fresh aid for Rohingya refugees today

Staff Correspondent

23rd December, 2018 10:29:46 printer

The High Commission of India in Bangladesh will hand over 2,25,000 blankets, 2,00,000 woollen sweaters and 500 solar street lights for Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar today.

The warm clothes will be given to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief of the Government of Bangladesh.

It will be distributed to local people also. Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla will personally visit Cox’s Bazar in this regard.

The distribution of relief materials is a part of continuous humanitarian assistance extended by the Government of India to Bangladesh, aiming to meet the need for worm clothes for the large number of Rohingya diaspora from the state of Rakhine in Myanmar.

This is the fourth phase of humanitarian assistance on the part of India for Rohingyas.

In September 2017, Indian government had, under “Operation Insaniyat”, extended the first phase of humanitarian assistance — 981 metric tons (MT) of relief supplies. 

The relief materials consisted of family packs of rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, tea, ready-to-eat noodles, biscuits, and mosquito nets to meet the immediate requirements of the approximately 3,00,000 displaced Rohingyas at the time. 

In May 2018, a total of 373 MT of relief goods containing 104 MT milk powder; 102 MT dried fish; 61 MT baby food; 50,000 raincoats; and 50,000 pairs of gum boots for the rainy season were handed over to the authorities concerned in Chattogram.

Again in September 2018, under the third phase of assistance, India handed over 1.1 million litres of SKO (Super Kerosene Oil) and 20,000 Kerosene multiwick stoves to meet the energy needs of the displaced persons. The fuel helped reduce the demand for locally sourced firewood.