Saudi Arabia to ship 80 metric tonnes of oxygen to India

India has reached out to various countries to procure containers and oxygen cylinders under operation 'Oxygen Maitri'.

India is dealing with second wave of corona virus with a record of 3,49,691 new coronavirus infections in a day on Sunday and shortage of oxygen. In this time Saudi Arabia is shipping 80 metric tonnes of liquid oxygen to India to fulfil the shortage on supplies of oxygen on Monday. The supply shipment is being undertaken in cooperation with the Adani group and Linde Company.

The Indian mission in Riyadh tweeted: "Embassy of India is proud to partner with Adani group and M/s Linde in shipping much-needed 80MT liquid oxygen to India. Our heartfelt thanks to the Ministry of Health Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for all their help, support, and cooperation,"

Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani said in a tweet:"Thank you @IndianEmbRiyadh Indeed, actions speak louder than words. We are on an urgent mission to secure oxygen supplies from across the world. This first shipment of 4 ISO cryogenic tanks with 80 tons of liquid oxygen is now on its way from Dammam to Mundra."

India is also struggling with shortage of medical facilities and beds along with supply of oxygen. India has reached out to various countries to procure containers and oxygen cylinders under operation 'Oxygen Maitri'.

The Indian Air Force on Saturday brought four cryogenic tanks, for storage of liquid O2 from Singapore landed at Panagarh airbase" in West Bengal, to be used for transporting oxygen, from Singapore. The containers were airlifted from Singapore by C17 heavy-lift aircraft of the IAF. The IAF was also transporting essential medicines as well as equipment required by the designated COVID-19 hospitals in various parts of the country.

President of the European Council Charles Michel also extends solidarity with Indian people amidst resurgent COVID19 pandemic and want to extend support and cooperation at EU-India Leaders' meeting on 8 May with PM of India.

French President Emmanuel Macron has also extended support to India and said they are ready to provide support to India.

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