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Maldives crisis: India sends 1,200 tonnes of fresh water

India has sent over 1,200 tonnes of fresh water to the Maldives that is facing a crippling water crisis after its capital’s main water treatment plant got damaged in a fire, officials said on Saturday. India’s INS Sukanya reached Male last night and transferred around 25 tonnes of water to tankers and sintex tanks were positioned on the jetty by Maldivian authorities.

Thereafter, the ship moved to anchorage and another 15 tonnes of fresh water was produced on board using Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants. This fresh water would be transferred ashore by water barges arranged by Maldivian authorities and subsequently to tankers. Another Indian Naval tanker INS Deepak has sailed from Mumbai with 800 tonnes of fresh water and is scheduled to reach Male by noon tomorrow, Navy officials said. The vessel would also transfer the fresh water on to the water barges at anchorage. The ship is capable of producing 100 tonnes of fresh water by RO plants fitted on board.


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