Indian Navy to offer aid to Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi
Indian Navy has come to the rescue of the victims of Cyclone Idai which has hit Mozambique on March 15 which destroyed the East and Southern parts of Africa including Zimbabwe and Malawi which had no power and food for a few days. Anil Kumar Chawla, the Indian vice-admiral and his crew were on their way to Durban when they were diverted to Mozambique to provide relief.
As per the reports, Mozambique has raised a request and India immediately diverted three naval ships, namely INS Sujata, ICGS Sarathi and INS Shardul to the port city of Beira. Indian Navy has already rescued over 192 people and has also set up medical camps, assisting 1,381 affected people. “We provide food and medical help to victims. We have doctors on board, and our ships are loaded with ready-to-eat meals, clothes and medical supplies. We also have helicopters on board to assist during emergencies,” said Chawla.
He also informed that Indian helicopters helped evacuate people from areas that were not accessible. As flood waters recede and more bodies are discovered, the final death toll in Mozambique alone could be above the early estimate of 1,000. As many as 109,000 people are living in shelters across central Mozambique, many of them located in and around Beira.