India on 5 December 2014 sent humanitarian assistance to Maldives to help resolve the water crisis in Male, the capital of Maldives.
This humanitarian assistance for Maldives was undertaken by India following shut down of its lone desalination (water treatment) plant. The plant was shut down after a major fire broke out at the Male Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC) generator control panel on 4 December 2014 causing extensive damage to the cabling of the generator to the Distillation plants, disconnecting water supply.
As part of humanitarian assistance, India sent a large consignment of potable water to Male to meet the immediate requirement of people of Male.
The water was sent by five Indian Air Force (IAF) transport aircraft comprising of IL-76 and C-17 Globemaster III carrying 2000 tonnes of water.
Besides, Indian Navy dispatched INS Sukanya carrying 35 tonnes of fresh water and two Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants onboard which have a capacity of producing 20 tonnes of fresh water per day.
Maldives, a low-lying island nation in the Indian Ocean, has no natural water source and consumes only treated sea water.
When: 5 December 2014