New Delhi: After the massive explosion that rocked the city of Beirut in Lebanon due to a blast at a ammonium nitrate storage warehouse, India dispatched 58 metric tonnes of emergency humanitarian aid and relief materials to help out Lebanon in these testing times.
The materials dispatched by India include emergency medical supplies, wheat flour, pulses, sugar, blankets, dignity kits and sleeping mats. The aid is expected to help out a large number of people who have been rendered homeless after the massive explosion.
The humanitarian aid materials were sent in an IAF C-17 transport aircraft that landed in Beirut on August 14.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in a statement said “spike in the Covid-19 cases in Lebanon, India has also ‘separately sent Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) including surgical gloves and surgical gowns’ which is ‘expected to reach Beirut in the coming days.”
The statement added: “In response to the massive explosion in Beirut on 4 August, we had offered our assistance to Lebanon and sought from them an assessment of their requirement. Based on this, today morning an Indian Air Force C-17 aircraft was deployed to deliver 58 MT of emergency humanitarian aid on behalf of the Government of India to Lebanon.”
“The aircraft landed in Beirut a few hours back and the aid has been handed over by our Ambassador to senior officials of the Lebanese Armed Forces which is coordinating all the relief efforts. The aid contains emergency medical supplies, wheat flour, sugar and pulses, and also relief materials like blankets, dignity kits and sleeping mats, which are required as large number of people have been rendered homeless,” the MEA statement further added.
India had sought an assessment of the extent of damages occurred in Beirut from the Lebanese government to get an idea on the amount of assistance to send to Lebanon.