India helps Maldives to tackle drinking water crisis
India helped Maldives to tackle drinking water crisis after the only water desalination plant in Maldives capital Male, had caught fire and had to be shut down. Due to this emergency over 100,000 residents of Male were left without drinking water
Earlier, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen had declared a crisis situation and had appealed to India, Sri Lanka and China and the United States for help.
India’s help: In the response to Maldives urgent call, India has sent over 200 tonnes of drinking water through 5 IAF heavy-lift aircraft and also pressed into service naval warships to supply potable water to Male.
Indian Navy’s patrol vessel INS Sukanya already has reached Male and will be stationed there to produce water round the clock to meet the water crisis. It is carrying 35 tonnes of fresh water and has two reverse osmosis (RO) plants onboard which have a capacity of producing 20 tonnes of fresh water per day.