Of the total 165000 Indians evacuated so far under phase I and phase II of ‘Vande Bharat Mission,’ 3107 have been brought by Indian Naval ships

Continuing repatriation of Indians stranded in different parts of the world, Navy’s INS Shardul, deployed for Operation Samudra Setu on Thursday entered Porbandar harbour with 233 Indian nationals onboard, who were earlier evacuated from Bandar Abbas port in Iran.

Personnel from Indian Navy, state authorities and police were present to receive the evacuees. All arrangements including a screening zone, a sanitisation zone, availability of ambulances and buses for transport were put in place at the port.

The evacuees were disembarked and were taken for medical screening at the jetty followed by customs clearance and other formalities. The evacuees thereafter boarded buses arranged to take them to the designated quarantine zones.

District wise details of the evacuees had already been forwarded to the administration beforehand.

Operation Samudra Setu is the Indian Navy's contribution to the government’s national efforts to facilitate return of Indian citizens from foreign shores.

So far a total of 3107 Indian citizens have been brought back from Maldives (2188), Sri Lanka (686) and Iran (233) by Indian Naval ships Jalashwa, Magar and Shardul.

IVD Bureau