The Indian Navy has had launched a Humanitarian
Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operation near Port Beira in Mozambique.
Mozambique has been hit by widespread flooding and devastation after a tropical
cyclone named Idai had made landfall near the port city of Beira. Mozambique is
located in Southeast Africa. It is bordered by the Indian Ocean in the east.
HADR operation seeks to provide immediate
succour and relief to the disaster affected population. In response to a
request from the Mozambique government, the Indian government three Indian
Naval Ships (INS Sujatha, INS Shardul & INS Sarathi) to Beira to help in
search and rescue, provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
The Indian Navy annually conducts Humanitarian
Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise. The exercise seeks to validate
the Indian Navy’s capability to provide immediate disaster relief assistance in
the aftermath of a disaster. In 2018, a joint humanitarian assistance and
disaster relief (HADR) exercise ‘Chakravath,’ was organised by the Indian Navy
in coordination with the Kerala government.
Indian Navy has participated in many HADR
operations in the aftermath of disasters in Indian Ocean Region. For e.g.
During floods in Sri Lanka in 2017, , assistance to Bangladesh during Cyclone