With the ongoing Rohingya Crisis, as lakhs of Rohingya Muslims flee Myanmar seeking refuge in Bangladesh, India has finally decided to step in and provide humanitarian assistance.
After Dhaka briefed New Delhi about the problems it is facing with the rising number of Rohingya refugees, India is reaching out to help, with the first consignment of relief items reaching Bangladesh today.
“In response to the humanitarian crisis being faced on account of the large influx of refugees into Bangladesh, government of India has decided to extend assistance to Bangladesh,” said Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in a statement.
The ministry assured the relief material will be delivered in multiple consignments. Items include rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, tea, ready to eat noodles, biscuits, mosquito nets etc.
The first consignment is set to be dropped to Chittagong using an Indian Air Force plane today.
Extending its support to the country’s government, the ministry also stated, “India stands ready to provide any assistance required by Government of Bangladesh in this hour of need.”
The help came in after Bangladesh sought help stating the influx of refugees caused ‘an unbearable additional burden on the country.
Bangladesh is currently hosting over 400,000 Myanmar nationals from the Rakhine state, who left their country in the past due to communal violence and repeated military operations.
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