Sunday, a flight transporting 229 people arrived in Bengaluru from Jeddah as part of Operation Kaveri, an initiative by the Ministry of External Affairs to evacuate Indian citizens from conflict zones in Sudan.
The fresh batch of evacuees arrived in Bengaluru a day after 365 people returned to Delhi from Sudan. The flight landed at 11:00 am and 125 of the evacuees hailed from Karnataka.
“#OperationKaveri External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted with a photo of the returnees that another flight had brought 229 passengers back to Bengaluru.
A C-130J Indian Airforce flight has landed in New Delhi with 40 passengers. With this flight, around 2300 people have reached India. pic.twitter.com/kDcx13a40i
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) April 30, 2023
The Ministry of External Affairs has strategically positioned IAF transport aircrafts and Indian Navy ships to transport stranded Indians to Jeddah and then return them to India.
Since April 18, when the first advisory was issued by the Indian Embassy in Khartoum, the state government has attentively monitored the situation in Sudan. Immediately, the State Emergency Operation Centre was activated, and the MEA helplines were made available to the public.
Three Facilitation Counters have been established in the airports of New Delhi, Bengaluru, and Mumbai to organise flight tickets for Operation Kaveri evacuees from Karnataka returning to the state. In addition, KSRTC transports from Bengaluru airport to their respective hometowns have been arranged, and health screenings are being offered at the airport.
According to the administration of Karnataka, 255 people from the state have returned under Operation Kaveri so far.