The Indian Air Force brings four cryogenic containers for storage of liquid oxygen from Singapore, according to officials statement. The containers were airlifted from Singapore by C17 heavy-lift aircraft of the IAF.
IAF landed at Panagarh airbase in West Bengal arriving with four cryogenic oxygen containers landed at around 4:30 pm. Currently, India is struggling with the second wave of the coronavirus infection. The data of world corona also records India as worst-hit country in Tier 2 of novel coronavirus. Indian hospitals in several states are reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds in view of a rising number of COVID-19 cases. Since Friday, the IAF has been airlifting empty oxygen tankers and containers to various filling stations across the country to speed up the distribution of the much-needed medical oxygen. The IAF was also transporting essential medicines as well as equipment required by the designated COVID-19 hospitals.
In the meanwhile, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s office tweeted “The Indian Air Force is taking sorties to reduce the transportation time of Oxygen and other critical supplies. One C-17 has reached Changi airport in Singapore today. These containers of cryogenic oxygen tanks will help boosting the oxygen supply in the country.”