Colombo: 700 stranded Indians are coming back home through Indian Navy Ship INS Jalashwa. The Ship will leave from Colombo port on Monday. The stranded Indians are being brought back to the country under ‘Vande Bharat Mission’. The vessel left from India on Saturday according to ANI and reached on Colombo port today morning. The ship will again depart by late evening.
This is the 2nd phase “Samudra Setu” operation. In the first phase INS Jalashwa had repatriated 1286 citizens from Male, Maldives in last month. According to Indian Navy the navy ship will repatriate another 700 personal from Male in Maldives.
All the safety measures and precautions are being followed to ensure that no crew members or stranded personal are infected with the virus. To ensure social distancing the ship is divided into 3 zones Red, Orange and Green. Commander Gaurav Durgapal told ANI, ” “The guidelines for safety against COVID-19 and the protocols for the same are being promulgated by the naval headquarters and the commands respectively.”
The Red Zone is assigned to the evacuees while the Orange Zones for people who will be taking care of the evacuees and Green Zone for sailors and the officers working in the operation. Evacuees are subjected to the requisite medical screening and those asymptomatic have been allowed to embark.
Masks will be provided to the evacuees everyday untill they reach the destination. All the possible measures are being executed to ensure their is no 1% of danger in spread of the virus. The Sailors and officers have to be in PPE Kits while coming in contact with the evacuees.
Under Vande Bharat Mission more 45000 stranded Indians have returned home and more operations will be carried out in the coming days.