Indian Navy Launches ‘Op Vanilla’ to Support Relief Operations in Cyclone-Hit Madagascar

The Indian Navy has launched ‘Operation Vanilla’ to provide assistance to the affected population of Madagascar post devastation caused by Cyclone Diane.

An Indian Navy Shardul-class amphibious warfare vessel, INS Airavat (L24) has been diverted to Antsiranana based on a request received from Madagascar, whilst mission deployed in the Southern Indian Ocean. The ship will undertake the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) mission as part of ‘Operation Vanilla’.

During the port call, the ship, in coordination with Embassy of India and Government of Madagascar is planned to undertake relief operations to provide succour to the flood-affected populace. The Indian Navy ship is also geared to set up medical camp and provide food, water and other necessary relief material.

The situation is being monitored and the Indian Navy is prepared to render all necessary assistance to the local population in Madagascar, said a Navy statement.

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