India reaches out to Fiji

THE Government of India has dispatched relief materials to Fiji as part of its humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts to those affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Yesterday, the High Commission of India’s chief information officer, JJ Varma, confirmed that an Indian Air Force C-17 cargo aircraft airlifting 45 tonnes of relief items, including basic food supplies, medicines, tents and kitchen sets, would arrive in the country today.

This is in addition to the $2.1million already given to the Fiji Red Cross.

India’s External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said India offered assistance to Fiji after learning of the devastation.

“The External Affairs Minister immediately wrote to her counterpart and offered condolences on the loss of life and property. India also extended one million dollar (US currency) and immediate assistance to Fiji,” the Hindu website reported.

Mr Swarup said India was “reaching out to a friend indeed.”

He highlighted that the relief includes food products such as noodles, biscuits, milk powder, rice, pulses, flour and salt as well as 5.43 metric tonnes of medicines and 300 tents and kitchen sets.

The relief material is being sent in consultation with officiating ambassador of India in the Fiji.

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