The first batch of Indian Air force flight carrying 156 Indians who were evacuated from South Sudan’s capital city Juba arrived on a special Indian Air Force C-17 aircraft at the international airport in Thiruvananthapuram on July 15. The rescue operation is being called Operation Sankat Mochan.
According to TOI, Among those rescued included 46 Keralites, two Nepalese nationals, seven women and three children. The remaining passengers hailed from other South Indian states. The Kerala government has made special arrangements for their onward journey.
According to News18, At least 500 more Indians will be evacuated in the course of the next few days after a civil war broke own between former rebels and government soldiers in several parts of the city leaving more than 250 dead. Minister of State for External Affairs, V K Singh, who accompanied the passengers, told reporters at the airport that 156 persons have been evacuated.
— Chowkidar Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) July 14, 2016
— Chowkidar Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) July 15, 2016
The C-17 aircraft was brought via Uganda and the minister also met the Ugandan Prime minister Ruhakana Rugunda who on his part assured of all help.Under Operation Sankat Mochan Indian nationals, who were stranded in war-torn South Sudan’s capital city Juba, landed first in Trivandrum, where passengers from Kerala and some from Tamil Nadu leave, then remaining passengers were dropped in Delhi.