– globalbihari bureau
Tuticorin: In all 685 Indian nationals, evacuated from Colombo, Sri Lanka arrived by Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa, here on Tuesday. The evacuees were received by local authorities here and arrangements were in place for speedy disembarkation, health screening, immigration and transportation of the evacuees. They included 553 men, 125 women and seven children.
With this evacuation, Indian Navy has till now repatriated 2173 Indian nationals from Maldives (1488) and Sri Lanka (685) during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
INS Jalashwa,, on her third trip as part of Indian Navy’s Operation Samudra Setu under the aegis of Mission Vande Bharat launched by the Government of India has been engaged in bringing Indian nationals home from foreign shores by the sea route.
The ship had had arrived at Colombo yesterday morning and departed from there yesterday evening after embarkation of Indian nationals was facilitated by the Indian Mission in Sri Lanka. All Indian citizens, who were already registered with the Indian Embassy in Colombo, were embarked onboard after carrying out requisite medical screening. COVID related safety protocols were also strictly adhered to during the sea-passage. All personnel were screened medically, allotted IDs and their baggage sanitised before boarding the ship.