Govt. sends ship to evacuate Indians from Yemen


Kochi: The Indian government on Monday sent two passengers ships from Kochi Port to Djibouti Port to evacuate Indians stranded in conflict hit Yemen.“Two passenger ships belonging to Lakshadweep administration left for Djibouti Port from Kochi this morning to evacuate Indians stranded in Yemen,” Jijo Thomas, Deputy Secretary, Cochin Port Trust said.

“A total of 1200 passengers can be accommodated in two ships. It will take at least five to seven days for the ships to reach Djibouti Port,” he said.

The ships started their voyage to Djibouti Port soon after the government decided to evacuate Indian nationals amid the chaotic situation in the Gulf country.
Thomas said though the ships are currently heading towards Djibouti, the port of call would be decided by the Centre in the coming days.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had tweeted yesterday that India was in the process of sending a ship with a capacity of 1,500 passengers.