India has started Operation Insaniyat to provided assistance to Bangladesh in response to the humanitarian crisis being faced on account of the large influx of Rohingya refugees into that country from Myanmar. The first tranche of India’s relief aid for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh arrived and was handed over by the Indian envoy Harsh Vardhan Sringla to the General Secretary of ruling Awami League, Obaidul Quader.
An Air India plane carrying 53 tonnes of rice, lentils, sugar, milk powder and other edibles besides soap, mosquito nets and other utilities landed in Chittagong’s Shah Amanat International Airport yesterday afternoon. Handing over the aid, Mr. Sringla said the aid is a gift from the people of India to the fraternal and friendly people of Bangladesh to help them deal with the pressing needs of the Rohingya refugees. Several additional planeloads with relief supplies were expected to arrive over the next few weeks in coordination with the Government of Bangladesh.
India stands ready to provide any assistance required by Government of Bangladesh in this hour of need. Bangladesh, which is facing a big influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar, has called on the international community to intervene and put pressure on Myanmar to address the exodus. According to the UN estimates, around 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh since August 25 when fresh wave of violence erupted.