On 1st of March 2021, India announced that it will deliver a consignment of 1,000 metric tonnes of rice and 1 lakh tablets of Hydroxychloroquine as a humanitarian assistance to the drought-hit Madagascar in line with the PM Modi’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region ).
- The humanitarian assistance to Madagascar will be delivered by the INS Jalashwa.
- The Indian naval ship will be sent on 3rd March 2021 containing food and medical assistance.
- It will reach the Port of Ehoala, Madagascar in between 21 and 24th March.
- This consignment is being sent to the Madagascar after the government of Madagascar appealed for the international solidarity and assistance to tackle the humanitarian crisis in South of Madagascar.
- Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa will also carry an Indian Naval training team which will be deployed in Madagascar for the purpose of capacity building and training of Malagasy Special Forces for two weeks.
Humanitarian Crisis to Madagascar
The southern part of Madagascar is undergoing the challenge of drought for the 3 consecutive years. The drought has damaged the harvests and has hampered access to food for the people amid the ongoing coronavirus. Hunger has increased in the southern Madagascar because of drought. According to the World Food Programme, the “famine-like conditions” in southern Madagascar have increased the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance by two folds, to more than 1.3 million.
India has always come forward to provide humanitarian assistance tot e Madagascar. India had sent a consignment of one thousand metric tonnes of rice in September 2018 which was delivered through the Indian Naval vessel to Madagascar. Further, Indian Navy was the first who respond when Cyclone Diane had made its fall in Madagascar. The army’s carried its assistance programme under the “Operation Vanilla” by INS Airavat (Shardul-class amphibious warfare vessel) in January 2020. Later, INS Shardul reached to the port of Antisiranana and delivered 600 tonnes of rice as HADR (Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief) assistance to Madagascar to tackle the heavy floods in the Northern Madagascar in March 2020.
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