At the centre of the storm: Delhi Airport’s Covid relief stint

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With the country struggling with unprecedented cases of COVID-19, the Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL) has pulled out all the stops to ensure that no stone is left unturned in overcoming the second wave of the pandemic. As the airport turns 15, we take a look at the relief efforts that it has undertaken to rise up to the coronavirus challenge.

Amid the devastating coronavirus crisis engulfing the country, the Delhi airport has suited up to this unprecedented challenge by acting at the need of the hour through a dedicated logistics facility committed to combating the coronavirus crisis.

The airport has set up a 3,500 square meter dedicated logistics facility, called ‘Jeevoday warehouse’, for temporary storage and distribution of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) related relief materials.

The airport handled 25 flights carrying 300 tonnes of Covid-19 relief cargo in the last five days, its operator, DIAL, said on Monday.

“In a span of just 5 days – April 28 to May 2 – Delhi airport has handled around 25 Covid relief flights totalling around 300 tonnes cargo, originating from various countries like the US, United Kingdom, UAE, Uzbekistan, Thailand, Germany, Qatar, Hong Kong, China, etc,” the statement noted.

These flights brought in over 5,500 oxygen concentrators, approximately 3,200 oxygen cylinders, over 9,28,000 masks, 1,36,000 Remdesivir injections, which were required in light of the surge in Covid-19 cases in the country, the statement noted.

Just recently, it received a total of 100MT of medical supplies from Atlanta, Hong Kong, London, and Poland containing ventilators, oxygen machines, respirator masks, and more, operated by Qatar Airways Cargo.

On May 2, oxygen concentrators & other medical equipment weighing more than 2000kgs had arrived from Chicago at the airport via AirIndia.

On May 1, the airport received a total of 100 units of Oxygen Concentrators and 2000 vials of Remdesivir as humanitarian aid from the Govt. of Uzbekistan while on the other hand, Germany sent in humanitarian aid with a consignment of 120 ventilators on a German Air Force Airbus.

India is struggling with the second wave of the coronavirus infection as hospitals in several states are reeling under a severe shortage of drugs, oxygen and beds.

As of 8 am yesterday, the 4th May, the new infections being reported in a span of 24 hours were 3,57,229.

The airport completed 15 years of its exceptional service on May 3.

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