Thiruvananthapuram, July 15: One hundred and fifty six persons who were evacuated from South Sudan arrived at the international airport in early hours on Friday via special Indian Air Force C-17 aircraft .
Among those rescued included 46 Keralites, two Nepalese nationals, seven women and three children. The remaining other passengers are from other South Indian states.
Among the rescued Indians, 71 people arrived at Palam airport, Delhi via special Indian Air Force flight -The C 17 Globemaster flight at around 10.45 a.m, while 85 Indians landed at Thiruvananthapuram airport.
The evacuation of Indians from the African country was done under ‘Operation Sankat Mochan’ initiated by the Indian government and was headed by Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh.
The flight reached at Thiruvananthapuram around 5 a.m. while speaking to media at the airport, Singh said two aircrafts were used for the evacuation operation and the other flight will land in Delhi.
“There were more than 500 Indians evacuated. Over 300 Indians will continue to stay there for their business interests. About 150 Indians are there who work in the oil wells and for them it’s easier to go towards Sudan where there are not much issues,” Singh said.
“While I was there, I spoke to the vice president of South Sudan and he told me what they are doing with regards the safety of the people there,” added Singh.