Samudra setu operation | Navy ship INS Jalashv reached Kochi with 588 Indians from Maldives, including 6 pregnant women and 21 children. | INS Jalashv reached Kochi carrying 588 Indians, including 6 pregnant women from the Maldives; 1358 people have been brought so far

  • INS Jalashv reached Kochi port at 11.30 am, with 568 people from Kerala, 15 from Tamil Nadu, three from Telangana and two from Lakshadweep.
  • Third batch of Indians returned from Maldives under sea bridge at Kochi Airport, about 650 people will be brought further

Dainik Bhaskar

May 17, 2020, 04:26 PM IST

Kochi. The Union Government is running the Samudra Setu Mission and the Vande Bharat Mission for the return of the Indians trapped abroad. On Sunday, the Navy's INS Jalashv, carrying 588 Indians from Maldives, reached Kochi port at 11.30 am on Sunday. This includes 568 women from Kerala, 15 from Tamil Nadu, three from Telangana and two from Lakshadweep, including 6 pregnant women and 21 children. This is the third batch of Indians returning from the Maldives under the sea bridge at Kochi Airport.

INS Jalashv reached Kochi on May 10 with 698 Indians from Male. It was returned with 595 males and 103 females. These included 19 pregnant women. After this, on May 11, INS Magar had reached Kochi carrying 202 Indians from Maldives. Thus far 1358 people have been brought from Maldives to India.

2000 people will be brought from Maldives to India
The Navy has started operations through INS Jalashv and INS Magar to bring back around 2000 people from Maldives. Both warships will bring back Indians from Kochi in Kerala and Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu twice.

Employees of the Kochi Port Trust sanitizing the goods of Indians who returned from the Maldives at Kochi Port.

Indians returned under Vande Bharat project
Under the Vande Bharat project, an Air India special aircraft carrying 168 Indians from Chicago reached Hyderabad at around 4.45 am. Flight AI-126 arrived here via Delhi. All passengers were alighted at the airport's international terminal. Earlier this terminal was completely sanitized. At the same time, a special Oman Air flight from Oman flew to Thiruvananthapuram with 183 Indians.

Air India special aircraft reached Hyderabad Airport carrying 168 Indians from Chicago on Sunday morning.

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