The government of India mounted a Joint Services response coordinated by HQ Integrated Defence Staff to provide help to the citizens of hurricane ravaged Philippines. “The relief package comprised of medicines,hygiene chemicals,tents,blankets,tarpaulins and ready-to-eat meals and airlifted by an Indian Air Force C-130 Super Hercules aircraft,” said a press release issued by the Press Information Bureau,Defence Wing on Tuesday.
“The aircraft reached Tacloban,the epicenter of the devastating natural calamity where more than 10,000 people are feared dead, on Saturday and delivered the relief supplies that are expected to help meet the urgent need for life-saving medical care,food supplies and construction of temporary shelters in the face of a serious humanitarian crisis. Similar aid was provided to Philippines by India in 2006 as well,”the release said.
According to the release,plans are now underway to further supplement the effort and provide additional relief material,a second consignment on-board an Indian Naval Ship that is expected to be dispatched shortly from Vizag. “Additional relief material consignment on board will be of much larger quantity to include temporary shelters,prefabricated huts,life saving medical care and earth moving plants. The water purification capacity of the ship shall also be utilized to provide clean drinking water to the affected people. Necessary coordination for sending the ship and its arrival formalities at Philippines are being carried out with the Embassy of Philippines,” it said.