New Delhi, Aug. 7 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed grief and solidarity with Myanmar in the face of the flood emergency the nation is facing.
“Sad to learn about devastating floods in Myanmar. India stands shoulder to shoulder with Myanmar in this hour of need,” he tweeted
Twelve regions and states of Myanmar have been severely affected by Cyclone Komen, which has led to widespread floods and landslides in that country. Around 2,50,000 people have been affected and over 5,00,000 acres of farmland destroyed.
On July 31, Myanmar President declared Chin and Rakhine states and Magway and Sagaing regions as the ‘natural disaster zones’ requiring emergency assistance.
On August 4, Government of Myanmar welcomed international assistance for the flood response. Government of India was specifically requested to send emergency supplies of rice and medicines by air to locations that are currently hard to reach through other means.
In response, the Centre has dispatched emergency relief supplies to Myanmar.
Indian Air Force aircrafts are in the process of delivering supplies to Kalay and Mandalay and are ready to supply other affected areas as advised by the Myanmar authorities.
The operation is being conducted by Ministry of External Affairs in close coordination with Government of Myanmar, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Defence, the Indian Air Force, the Embassy of India, Yangon and the Consulate of India in Mandalay. The operation will be completed in the next 2-3 days.
Embassy of India, Yangon remains in close touch with the Myanmar authorities and international organizations in this connection. (ANI)