Myanmar has been severely affected by Cyclone Komen, which has led to widespread floods and landslides in the country. More than 250,000 people have been affected and over 500,000 acres of farmland destroyed. On July 31, 2015, President Thein Sein declared Chin and Rakhine states and Magway and Sagaing regions as 'natural disaster zones' requiring emergency assistance. On August 4, 2015, the Myanmar government welcomed international assistance for the flood response. Responding to Myanmar's request for help, India has dispatched emergency relief supplies, including rice and medicines, to the neighboring country.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) aircrafts are delivering supplies to Kalay and Mandalay and are to supply other affected areas as advised by the Myanmar authorities. The operation is being conducted by the external affairs ministry in coordination with the Myanmar government, and the home, health and the defense ministries, the IAF, the Indian embassy in Yangon and the Consulate of India in Mandalay.
AdvertisementThe operation will be completed in the next two to three days, revealed an official statement. The statement said, "The Indian government was specifically requested to send emergency supplies of rice and medicines by air to locations that are currently hard to reach through other means. The Indian embassy was in close touch with the Myanmar authorities and international organizations. India greatly values its special relationship with Myanmar and will stand by the people of Myanmar in this hour of crisis."