First consignment of 700 tonnes humanitarian relief from India has reached and distributed among Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, India assured 7,000 tonnes of more humanitarian aid in next few months
Bangladesh: The Bangladesh government, in the presence of several officials from the Indian embassy, began distributing the relief material sent by India as humanitarian aid for Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar.
India has sent more than 700 tonnes of materials as part of the first consignment of humanitarian relief meant for the more than 400,000 ethnic minority Muslims who have fled Myanmar’s violence-hit Rakhine state into Bangladesh.
The relief consists of packets of rice, lentils, biscuits, salt, sugar, soaps, mosquito nets and powdered milk. Each packet weighs around 15kg and India aims to sent a total of 7,000 tonnes of aid material under its ‘Operation Insaniyat (Humanity)’, sources within the Indian embassy have said.
Bangladesh’s road transport minister and Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader had recieved the material from Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla, after an Indian Aur Force C -17 aircraft loaded with aid landed in the southeastern port city of Chittagong.
Around 420,000 Rohingya have entered Bangladesh since in the aftermath of the latest spell of violence to erupt in Myanmar’s insurgency-affected Rakhine state.According to the Unicef, which is also running a relief operation, 60 per cent of the Rohingya who recently came over to Bangladesh are children.
Bangladesh’s army was ordered by PM Sheikh Hasina to take a bigger role in helping hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled ethnic violence in Myanmar, by distributing relief aid and building shelters.
Troops were deployed immediately in Cox’s Bazar near the border where more than 420,000 Rohingya have arrived since 25 August, said road transport minister Obaidul Quader, who is also deputy head of the ruling Awami League party.
“The army presence is especially needed on the spot to construct their shelters, which is a very tough task, and ensure sanitation,” he said.
Authorities have so far set up 12 relief centres and eight emergency kitchens for the Rohingya refugees but heavy rains in the past 24 hours has intensified the sufferings of the refugees .Refugees have setup shelters on the hills of Cox Nazaar inspire of risks of landslide.