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India rushes relief materials for Rohingya refugees in B'desh

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

today rushed 53 tonnes of relief materials to and pledged all help to Dhaka in tackling the humanitarian crisis after nearly 400,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees fled to the country from Myanmar following the ethnic violence in the Buddhist-majority nation.

"Operation Insaniyat: High Commission handed over 1st consignment humanitarian assistance by to Bangladesh," the Indian mission here tweeted.


The first Indian consignment comes days after High Commissioner in Syed Muazzem Ali Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar last week and briefed him about the problems faced by Dhaka due to the influx of the refugees.

"stands ready to provide any assistance required by of in this hour of need," an Indian External Affairs Ministry statement said today.

It said always responded readily and swiftly to any crisis in Bangladesh, in keeping with the close ties of friendship between the peoples of the two countries.

"In response to the humanitarian crisis being faced on account of the large influx of refugees into Bangladesh, of has decided to extend assistance to Bangladesh," the ministry said.

The relief material consists of items required urgently by the affected people, namely rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, tea, ready to eat noodles, biscuits, mosquito nets, tents etc.

High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla said will provide 7,000 tonnes of relief materials to

Shringla handed over the relief materials to Bangladesh's Road Transport Minister and ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader after an Indian aircraft carrying the assistance landed at southeastern port city of Chittagong.

had said it required India's assistance in its efforts to handle the situation.

Shringla said has expressed "deep concern" at the recent spate of violence in Myanmar, resulting in the outflow of a huge number of refugees into "This has created unprecedented challenges for Bangladesh," he said.

The envoy said appreciated for "making every effort to deal with the urgent requirements of food, clothing and shelter for the large number of refugees that have placed a huge demand on its resources".

He said the situation prompted to provide urgent humanitarian assistance in consultation with

"We are arranging to supply to each and every family of newly arrived refugees a 15-kg pack consisting of parboiled rice, lentils, sugar, salt, biscuits, milk powder and other edibles, in addition to soap, mosquito nets and other items of utility," he said.

He said several additional planeloads with relief supplies were expected to arrive over the next few weeks in coordination with the of

The Indian mission said Quader likened the aid to India's assistance to during the 1971 Liberation War.

Bangladesh, which is facing a big influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar, has called on the international community to intervene and put pressure on Myanmar to address the exodus.

According to the UN estimates, around 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state into since August 25 when fresh wave of violence erupted.

According to reports, the violence began when Rohingya militants attacked police posts in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Rohingya residents - a stateless mostly Muslim minority in a Buddhist-majority nation - allege that the military and Rakhine Buddhists responded with a brutal campaign against them, according to the reports.

has stepped up diplomacy to get support of the major stakeholders like China and Russia in mounting pressure on Myanmar to stop atrocities in the Rakhine state and take back their nationals.

The UN Security Council with China being one of its five permanent members yesterday took a unanimous resolution expressing "deep concern" about violence in Myanmar.

had earlier said the new influx of Rohingya refugees is an unbearable additional burden on the country which has been hosting around 400,000 Myanmar nationals who had to leave their country in the past due to communal violence and repeated military operations.

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First Published: Thu, September 14 2017. 19:32 IST
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