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Operation Vanilla: All You Need to Know about Indian Navy’s support to Madagascar

INS Airavat arrived at Madagascar's Port Antsiranana on January 30 with the relief material. 

Feb 14, 2020 13:10 IST
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Operation Vanilla in News: The Indian Navy launched ‘Operation Vanilla’ on January 28 to provide relief and assistance to the cyclone-hit population of Madagascar. INS Airavat arrived at Madagascar's Port Antsiranana on January 30 with the relief material. 

INS Airavat, deployed in the Southern Indian Ocean, was diverted to Madagascar as a part of Indian Navy's 'Operation Vanilla' to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to the people in the cyclone-ravaged areas of  Madagascar.

The Indian naval ship carried relief material comprising blankets, food, clothing and medicines. The material was handed over to local Madagascar authorities on February 1, 2020. Besides this, medical and disaster relief teams from the ship were deployed in the affected areas. The Indian navy continues to monitor the situation in the nation.

Where is Madagascar?

Madagascar is a country located in the Indian Ocean, about 400 kms away from the coast of East Africa. Madagascar is the world’s second-largest island country after Greenland. 

About Madagascar Disaster

Madagascar was severely affected by cyclone Diane recently. Around 92,000 people were affected due to floods in the country. President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, had requested the international community to help the country with all possible measures. Heavy rainfall, floods, and landslides caused the loss of thousands of lives and the displacement of a large number of people.

About Operation Vanilla

Indian Navy Ship Airavat reached Seychelles to provide all necessary help to Madagascar. The INS Airavat carried five pallets each of victualing, naval stores and clothing and three pallets of medicines.

The Indian Navy provided drinking water, emergency food, clothes, temporary shelters, evacuation-related help, medical assistance, emergency transportation and communication assistance to the people of Madagascar. “Operation Vanilla” is a part of the Government of India’s scheme – ‘Security and Growth for all in the Region (SAGAR)'.

About INS Airavat

INS Airavat was commissioned in the Indian Navy on May 19, 2010. It is the Indian Navy’s one of the biggest and heaviest naval ships. It is capable of carrying 10 battle tanks, more than 500 troops, and 11 combat trucks. INS Airavat provides a comfortable platform to Sea King and Dhruv helicopters. It is also equipped with two indigenous rocket launchers to provide support in amphibious operations.

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