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Naval ships discharge supplies in Yangon

Sandeep Dikshit

NEW DELHI: Braving high velocity winds, the Indian Air Force’s largest transport aircraft landed in Yangon on Thursday carrying relief supplies for the cyclone-hit people of Myanmar. On Wednesday, two smaller IAF planes discharged relief supplies under “Operation Sahayata.”

INS Rana and INS Kirpan, despite inclement weather, berthed alongside a naval jetty in Yangon and they were received by Myanmar Minister for Social Welfare Relief and Resettlement Maung Maung Swe at a brief handing-over ceremony. Indian Embassy Charge-de-Affaires Manoj K. Bharti was present.

Deepak Bali, Commanding Officer of INS Rana, and Ajay Kochar, Commanding Officer of INS Kirpan, handed over the relief material that comprised clothing, blankets, medicines and food material.

The ships braved high velocity winds, shifting sands and other hazards while navigating through the channel. First-hand reports indicate massive devastation reminiscent of the tsunami.

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