Indian Naval Ship Trikandof the Western Fleet came as a rescue to fire disaster-hit Ambilobe during its visit to East Africa and Southern Indian Ocean. The ship was at Antsiranana from August to September 3 enhance bilateral ties with Madagascar.
The recent calamity at Ambilobe, a region about 140 Km from Antsiranana, saw bush fires resulting in extensive damage to property and livelihood. In support of the government and the people of Madagascar, the Indian Navy swung into immediate action to provide succor to more than five thousand affected citizens.
INS Trikand donated essential food items and medicines to the affected populace. The ship is well equipped to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) during such eventualities. Storage of HADR bricks on ships is a SOP and all operational ships carry it at all times. The ship provided rice, jam, tinned fruit, tea, milk, essential medicines etc to the Malagasy authorities at Antsiranana today.
The helping hand by the Indian Navy is in line with the Indian government’s and the Navy’s policy of immediate and sustainable assistance to all its neighbours in times of need.