Mindful of the strong friendly and close relations between India and Maldives, India reacted with alacrity and promptness to the request from Maldives for timely provision of water.
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi and Hon’ble External Affairs Minister Ms. Sushma Swaraj are seized of the crisis and have promised full assistance to the people and leadership of Maldives.
The first aircraft (IL 76) arrived today at 1315hrs carrying a large consignment of water to meet the immediate requirement. This was received by H.E. Col (Retd.) Mohamed Nazim, Minister of Defence & National Security of Maldives, also the Head of the task force setup to deal with the water crisis, along with Fisheries Minister Shainee, Environment Minister Thoriq Ibrahim, Ambassador Abdul Hameed and Vice Chief of Defence Forces. Defence Minister Nazim expressed his deepest appreciation and heartfelt thanks for India’s prompt response to alleviate the problems of Maldivians in the true spirit of our close and time-tested ties. Subsequently two more aircrafts – IL 76 and C 17 – would be arriving later in the day. INS Sukanya equipped with two RO plants would arrive in Malé tonight and would be stationed to produce water round the clock to meet the water crisis.
Apart from this, a large tanker vessel INS Deepak has also set sail from Mumbai. Two more OPVs have been kept on stand-by, for any future requirements.
December 5, 2014