Thailand’s Oxygen Tanker Trucks Arrive in India, More Than Singapore and Dubai | India News
NEW DELHI: A shipment of containers for the transport of medical oxygen arrived in India from Thailand, while some more empty tankers will be airlifted from Singapore and Dubai on Tuesday, the Union home ministry saying.
Containers from Thailand were the third such shipment to be sent to the country in the Indian Air Force‘s (IAF) carries planes by the Home Office amid a surge in Covid-19 cases and a subsequent surge in demand for medical oxygen.
“Some flashes of the air transport of oxygen containers from Bangkok by the IAF last night. The air transport is being coordinated by MHA. It will improve oxygen availability amid the current rise in Covid-19, “a Home Office spokesperson said in a tweet, sharing images of oxygen containers being loaded onto an IAF aircraft.
In another tweet, the Home Office said: “The IAF C17 transport plane is preparing to carry more empty oxygen containers from Singapore today. These containers will further increase oxygen availability in the country in light of the current increase in Covid- 19. coordinated by MHA “.
Later, the spokesman said that empty container airlift operations continue and another IAF transport plane arrived in Dubai on Tuesday to bring in another batch of oxygen containers.
“The MHA is coordinating air transport, which will increase oxygen availability in the country during the current Covid-19 surge,” the spokesperson said.
The first shipment of empty oxygen containers was airlifted from Singapore on Saturday. Another batch of containers was brought in from Dubai on Monday.
The three planes carrying the containers landed in West Bengal. From there, they were taken to oxygen generation sites to be filled and then transported to high-demand areas, mainly via special trains.
India is struggling with the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and hospitals in several states are reeling from shortages of medical oxygen and beds as the number of cases increases.
The country’s number of Covid-19 cases rose to 1.76,36,307 on Tuesday and 3,23,144 more people tested positive for the viral disease. The death toll rose to 1.97,894 as 2,771 more deaths were recorded, according to Union Ministry of Health.
Since April 23, the Interior Ministry has been coordinating efforts to deploy empty oxygen tanks and containers at various gas stations across the country to accelerate the delivery of life-saving oxygen.
The central government is trying to obtain oxygen from different parts of the country and make it available to the most affected states through special trains.