India sends help to Mauritius to assist take care of oil spill


New Delhi, August 16  

India has despatched 30 tonnes of technical tools and materials on board an IAF plane to Mauritius to assist the nation include an oil spill on its pristine south-east coast.

A 10-member Indian Coast Guard (ICG) staff specialising in containing oil spill has additionally been deployed to Mauritius to increase obligatory technical and operational help, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated on Sunday.

A Japanese bulk provider struck a coral reef off the coast of Mauritius in late July and leaked lots of of tonnes of oil within the environmentally delicate area days later.

On Saturday, Mauritian authorities stated the ship, MV Wakashio, broke aside. Last week, Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth declared a state of environmental emergency and sought worldwide help to take care of the state of affairs.

“In response to a request of the government of Mauritius for assistance in dealing with the environmental crisis due to oil spill on its south-east coast, the government of India has dispatched over 30 tonnes of technical equipment and material on board an IAF aircraft to Mauritius to supplement the country’s ongoing oil spill containment and salvage operations,” the MEA stated in an announcement.

The MEA stated India’s help is in keeping with its coverage to increase humanitarian help and catastrophe reduction to its neighbours within the Indian Ocean area and guided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s imaginative and prescient of safety and development for all within the area.

It stated the pressing help displays the shut bonds of friendship between India and Mauritius and New Delhi’s abiding dedication to help the individuals of Mauritius in want.

“The specialized equipment, consisting of ocean booms, river booms, disc skimmers, heli skimmers, power packs, blowers, salvage barge and oil absorbent graphene pads and other accessories, is specifically designed to contain the oil slick, skim oil from water, and assist in clean up and salvage operations,” the MEA stated.

India has additionally despatched Mauritius important medicines and different supplies to assist it in coping with the coronavirus pandemic. A particular consignment of Ayurvedic medicines and a medical staff had been a part of the help. –PTI 



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