India naval ship delivers disaster relief donations

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The INS Kiltan docked at the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port on Tuesday. Ream Naval Base Secretariat

The INS Kiltan, an Indian naval ship with 170 crew members onboard, docked at the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port on December 29.

The ship successfully transported humanitarian materials worth $110,000 to be donated to Cambodia’s National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM).

NCDM adviser Keo Vy told The Post on December 29 that the supplies India provided to Cambodia included 3,000 sleeping mats and 3,000 blankets, along with 1,500 survival kits suitable for use by men and 1,500 kits suitable for use by women.

Each kit contains 15 different items that may be of help in an emergency or survival situation. All of the supplies are intended for use during natural disasters such as flooding.

Vy said India has helped Cambodia through the NCDM with donations of food and many other items.

“In the year 2000, for example, India provided a great deal of assistance to Cambodia through the NCDM. If I recall correctly, they donated 10,000 tonnes of milled rice to Cambodia that was sent by ship via the Malacca Strait to Sihanoukville,” he said.

Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesman Kheang Phearom confirmed that the INS Kiltan had docked at the port at 8:30am.

He added that the ship was 110m long with a 7m draft and that there were 170 crew members onboard.

“The INS Kiltan will depart from the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port at 9am on January 1, 2021,” he said.