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Humanitarian Assistance to Maldives by India
Dec 08, 2014

In Maldives there was a fire at the sole desalination plant following which there is a major crisis in terms of availability of water in Male. Therefore, Maldivian government contacted the Indian Government. India understands that this will take quite some time (about a week) to resolve the situation.

In a swift response to the National Crisis faced by the Maldives, following the shutting down the desalination plants in a fire incident in capital in Male, the Indian Government has pressed into service as much as five Indian Air Force transport aircraft and one Naval vessel carrying a large consignment of potable water to meet the immediate requirement of the people in Male.

Out of five aircraft, the first aircraft IL-76 carried 22 tons of potable water. One C-17 Globemaster III carried 28 tonnes and another C-17 Globemaster III carrying 50 tonnes of water reached Male. After that two more IL-76 transport aircraft of IAF reached Male with ample quantity of potable water.

The Indian Navy has dispatched INS Sukanya to Male. This ship carried 35 tons of fresh water and two Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants onboard which have a capacity of producing 20 tons of fresh water per day.

INS Sukanya, an offshore patrol vessel, was on a routine patrol off Kochi. It was diverted to reach Male at the earliest to render necessary assistance and all the possible help to Maldivian authorities.

Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, has no natural water source and consumes only treated sea water. A major fire broke out at the Male Water and Sewerage Company generator control panel on 4 December, causing extensive damage to the cabling of the generator to the Distillation plants and disconnection of water supply. The only water available at Male is stored in tanks and sumps and is being supplied for one hour every 12 hours.


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