Almost 620 tonnes of food items were shipped from the Kakinada Deep Water Port in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district on Monday for distribution among Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Thousands of Rohingyas fled Rakhine of Myanmar and had taken refuge in Bangladesh after onslaught from country’s army.
The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED) has arranged 62,000 food packets after the directions from the Government of India. Each packet contains five kg of parboiled rice, two kg of dal, edible oil, sugar, salt, tea and milk powder, said East Godavari district’s Collector Kartikeya Misra.
The packets also have a mosquito net. “As per the suggestions of the NAFED, we have arranged for the food material and got it packed at two different locations in the district. The cargo is being shipped to Chittagong (in Bangladesh) and is expected to reach there in two days,” Misra said.
The help to the Rohingya refugees is being provided as part of its humanitarian aid.