Operation Karuna: INS Gharial reaches cyclone-hit Myanmar with more medical supplies

India continued its humanitarian assistance to cyclone-hit Myanmar under Operation Karuna, with Indian naval ship INS Gharial bringing vital medicine supplies, including antibiotics, analgesics, intravenous fluids and drugs for water-borne and epidemical diseases.

New Delhi/Yangon, May 19 : India continued its humanitarian assistance to cyclone-hit Myanmar under Operation Karuna, with Indian naval ship INS Gharial bringing vital medicine supplies, including antibiotics, analgesics, intravenous fluids and drugs for water-borne and epidemical diseases.

The Indian Embassy in Myanmar in a tweet said:

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“#Operation Karuna continues: “INS Gharial brought 10 medical pallets as HADR supplies for the people affected by #Cyclone Mocha. The medical supplies include antibiotics, anti-infectives, anti-inflmmatory/analgesics, anti-histamines, bronchodilators, pro-kinetic, oral hypogylceamic agents, eye drops, intravenous fluids and miscellaneous drugs useful for water-borne and epidemical diseases.

“In total, #Operation Karuna has provided 16 medical pallets, so far,” it said.

India launched Operation Karuna on Thursday to provide Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief for people in Myanmar hit by Cyclone Mocha, with three Indian Navy ships carrying relief material reaching Yangon with relief material.

Indian naval ships, INS Shivalik, INS Kamorta and INS Savitri reached Myanmar carrying 40 tonnes of relief material.

The Indian Embassy in Myanmar in tweets said that Indian Ambassador Vinay Kumar handed over humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) materials for the people of Myanmar to the Yangon Region Chief Minister under Operation Karuna.

“More than 40 tonnes of HADR materials brought by INS Shivalik, INS Kamorta and INS Savitri included emergency food items, tents, portable generators, clothes, water pumps, medicines, tarpaulins, hygiene and sanitary items, wheel chair, face masks etc.

“The fourth ship INS Gharial will bring more HADR materials including emergency medicines and medical kits on 19 May.

“All materials are being sent immediately to the Rakhine state for distribution among the affected communities,” the Indian embassy said in tweets.

India’s relief assistance comes as the death toll in cyclone-hit Myanmar rose to over 80.

Mocha made landfall on Sunday with winds of up to 195 km per hour, bringing down power pylons and smashing wooden structures.
Around 50 people have died in villages in Rakhine state.