India rushes relief to cyclone hit Myanmer

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Port Blair, May 06 (UNI) The Indian government has rushed two navy ships carrying relief materials, ration, clothing and blankets to the 'Nargis' cyclone hit Myanmer last night.

Both the ships are expected to reach Yangon by Wednesday morning.

Myanmar was devastated by the severe cyclone 'Nargis' on May 02 which claimed more than 22,500 lives and rendered thousands of others homeless.

As part of assistance 12 tons of ration, large quantities of clothing and blankets along with high power torches, water purifiers and medicines have been dispatched as relief material by the Government of India to Myanmar from Port Blair by sea, Lieutenant Mannu Virk, the Public Relations Officer of Andaman and Nicobar,told UNI here today.

'' Indian Naval ships Rana and Kirpan of the Eastern Fleet have been assigned the task to transport the relief materials to Yangon,'' Virk added.

Last year when Bangladesh was devastated by Cyclone SIDR in November, the Centre had dispatched 3000 tonnes of relief materials from Vishkhapatnam by sea.

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