The next phase of Indian Navy’s Operation Samudra Setu to repatriate Indian citizens from overseas commenced on June 1, the service announced.
In this phase, Indian Navy amphibious transport dock INS Jalashwa (L41) will repatriate 700 personnel from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu and will subsequently repatriate another 700 personnel from Malè, Maldives to Tuticorin.
Indian Navy has already repatriated 1,488 Indian nationals from Malè to Kochi during the previous phase of operations.
Indian Missions in Sri Lanka and the Maldives are preparing a list of Indian nationals to be evacuated and will facilitate their embarkation after the requisite medical screening. COVID-related social distancing norms have been catered onboard and evacuees would be provided basic amenities and medical facilities during the sea-passage.
After disembarkation at Tuticorin, the evacuated personnel will be entrusted to the care of State authorities. This operation is being progressed in close coordination with Ministries of External Affairs, Home Affairs, Health and various other agencies of the Government of India and State governments.