Operation Kaveri Live: Another flight bringing 231 Indians from Sudan reaches Delhi
Operation Kaveri Live: Another flight bringing 231 Indians from Sudan reaches Delhi

NEW DELHI: Under Operation Kaveri, another flight carrying 231 Indian passengers evacuated from conflict-torn Sudan reached New Delhi today,  April 29.  The Indian evacuees chanted slogans like ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’, and ‘Vande Mataram’ and also lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi  EAM Jaishankar for rescuing them from Sudan under Operation Kaveri. 

“It has become very difficult to stay in Sudan due to the ongoing conflict. There is a shortage of food and drinking water, moreover, there are continuous bombings, and rockets are being fired. None of us were coming out of our houses. One of the Indian passengers shared the tough humanitarian crisis faced by them in Sudan.  He said. The food canteen was bombed. It is very difficult to flee also, travelling in the vehicle is also not safe, they can bomb buses too,” said an Indian electrician from Buxar, Bihar evacuated from Sudan.  He Praised Operation Kaveri and said that his evacuation from Sudan was like “re-birth” as he had lost hope to survive.   He also also the Indian Army which aided their safe transit from Port Sudan to Jeddah. “When I saw them at Port Jeddah, we felt secure and knew that we will reach India alive. Jai Hind, Jai Bharat,” he added. 
231 Indian reach home safely as another flight reaches New Delhi, tweeted External Affairs Minster Dr. S Jaishankar. 

"I have spent the last 15 years living in Sudan. We had never before encountered such a dire circumstance. They launched a rocket at my house, which was really frightening. We asked to be evacuated by the Indian Embassy. They helped us, and the Indian Navy safely transported us to Port Sudan. Officers in the Navy were incredibly helpful. We had excellent plane service when we arrived in Jeddah. We are grateful to the Indian government for helping us when we needed it, said Mohammed Iqbal Hussain, a project engineer with a Sudanese pharmaceutical company.  He said,  a return to normalcy in Sudan is unlikely in the near future. "It will take a very long time, and they are going back 20 years now that Khartoum is finished. With such severe losses, they cannot rebuild in that way, he said.  

In the meantime, the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Garud Commandos executed a risky midnight mission to airlift stranded Indians despite the airfield in Sudan's Wadi Seidna lacking landing lights, a navigational approach, assistance, or fuel. 

The IAF C-130J aircraft saved 121 people from a small airstrip at Wadi Seidna, which is about 40 km north of Khartoum, Sudan, on the night of April 27, 28, 2023, according to a statement from the IAF.  As part of "Operation Kaveri," 2,100 Indians have so far landed in Jeddah, according to information provided by Mos MEA V Muraleedharan on Friday.  

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