In the wake of Beirut Explosion and the political crisis in the region, India provides relief aid of 58MT to Beirut on Friday. Reportedly, the explosion killed more than 150 people and leaving several other injured.
The 58 metric tonnes of emergency relief aid includes wheat flour, sugar, pulses, and other relief material such as sleeping mats and blankets. It also included medical aid such as PPE kit, surgical gloves and gowns, in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.
The delivery is expected to reach Beirut in the coming days. Earlier, according to the reports by The Indian Express, it reported that New Delhi is planning to send several shortage materials to Beirut soon.
“India demonstrates solidarity with the people of Lebanon in the aftermath of the tragic explosions in Beirut”, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said. Indian ambassador to Lebanon tweeted, “India is a dependable partner! We supplied relief material this morning for the Lebanese people in the aftermath of the tragedy of Aug 4. I wish to thank MOFA and Lebarmy Official for their coordination.”
India has recently extended its condolences on the incident at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) meeting in Lebanon. Indian Envoy to UN TS Tirumurti said, “We are shocked by the loss of human lives and the widespread destruction this has caused in Beirut. We pray for strength to families to overcome their great loss.”
In the incident, five Indians are also injured.