Citizens aboard INS Jalashwa return from Maldives as a part of repatriation mission

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: May 10, 2020, 01.09 PM(IST)

INS Jalashwa Indian Navy's largest Amphibious platform thanking COVID warriors on Sunday. It is likely on the evacuation mission. Photograph:( WION )

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The visuals of the navy vessel nearing the Kochi port were seen with almost 700 passengers on board.

On day four of India's repatriation mission, INS Jalashwa - with 698 Indian nationals from the Maldives arrived at the Kochi port a short while back.

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The visuals of the navy vessel nearing the Kochi port were seen with almost 700 passengers on board.

Passengers are expected to disembark a short while from now.

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Special arrangements have been made at the Kochi port for the arriving passengers.

Ambulances are on standby, and all evacuees will undergo temperature checks before being placed under quarantine.

As part of operation Samudra Setu, the second navy ship - INS Magar is expected to depart the Maldives later today.

The ship will be carrying around 200 Indian nationals from the Maldives.

Both ships -  ins Jalashwa and INS Magar are expected to repatriate another group of Indians to Tuticorin next week.

The passengers will be first taken to the male airport for immigration and other formalities following which they will board the vessel.

On the air evacuation front, eights flights are scheduled to arrive throughout today. Four flights will be arriving from the gulf nations that remains the focus of this repatriation mission.

Two flights from Doha will be landing in Kerala and one flight each from Kuwait and Riyadh.

Two flights are also scheduled to arrive in Delhi and Mumbai from London.

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