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Moroccan, Indian and Indonesian aid for Rohingya arrive in Chittagong

Moroccan, Indian and Indonesian aid for Rohingya arrive in Chittagong
Indian High Commissioner Harsha Vardhan Shringla at Shah Amanat International Airport while addressing the press during the handing over of humanitarian aid for the Rohingya on September 14, 2017 Dhaka Tribune

At least 379,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh since the latest spell of violence erupted in the Rakhine state on August 25

Multiple rounds of humanitarian aid for the Rohingya refugees arrived in Chittagong on Thursday.

A Moroccan relief plane and an Indian Air Force plane carrying humanitarian aid arrived at Shah Amanat International Airport around 9:15am and 1:15pm, respectively.

Meanwhile, a relief plane from Indonesia landed at the airport at 5:05pm, with a second plane from the same country arriving at 7:30pm.

The aid from Indonesia was received at the airport by Chittagong Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Mashooqur Rahman Sikder.

The ADC said that 5,000 blankets and 10 large tents had arrived in the first consignment, while the second consignment contained 10 metric tons of rice and one ton of sugar.

He added that a relief plane from Iran was also en route.

The Moroccan aid includes 14 tons of relief material, consisting of six kinds of items – 70 tents; 1000 blankets; 500 medicine kits; 2 tons of powdered milk, mattresses; and four tons of rice.

The aid was handed over by the Moroccan Ambassador to Bangladesh Majid Halim to Chittagong Additional Deputy Commissioner Habibur Rahman.

The Indian aid was received by Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader from Indian High Commissioner Harsha Vardhan Shringla.

Chittagong Divisional Commissioner Abdul Mannan and Deputy Commissioner Zillur Rahman Chowdhury were also present during the event.

Zillur Rahman said India is going to send relief for the Rohingya in phases. In the first phase, they sent 53 tons of relief materials which includes the following items: rice, red lentil, milk powder, biscuits, salt, sugar, soap and mosquito nets.

Minister Obaidul Quader said: “In this humanitarian crisis, India is standing beside those in need of help. I want to thank India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on behalf of our government.”

The Indian High Commissioner said: “It is a challenge for Bangladesh to cope with such a huge number of Rohingya refugees. The Bangladesh government is trying its level best to provide food, clothes and shelter to the refugees. We appreciate their effort.”

At least 379,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh since the latest spell of violence erupted in the Rakhine state since August 25, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

According to the Unicef, 60% of the Rohingya who recently came over to Bangladesh are children.

Unicef also started their aid distribution process earlier Thursday. Unicef’s trucks, filled with emergency water, sanitation and hygiene supplies for thousands of Rohingya children, have started for Cox’s Bazar, with a steady stream of supplies in the pipeline for the coming days.

Two cargo planes carrying aid from Indonesia are also scheduled to land at the airport around 7pm on Thursday.

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