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Indian Navy sends ship to Socotra island in Yemen to rescue 38 stranded Indians

The Navy has already deployed its ship INS Sunayna as part of the ‘operation Nistar’ to evacuate the Indians.

india Updated: Jun 03, 2018 00:02 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Indian Navy,Yemen,Socotra island
The Indian Navy's aircraft carrier Viraat (foreground) is anchored alongside other ships.(Reuters File Photo)

Around 38 Indians are stranded in and around Socotra island in Yemen after a cyclone hit the area and the Indian Navy has launched an operation to rescue them.

The Navy has already deployed its ship INS Sunayna as part of the ‘operation Nistar’ to evacuate the Indians.

A Navy spokesperson said INS Sunayna, which was deployed in Western Arabian Sea, is now heading towards Socotra for the humanitarian and disaster relief (HADR) operation.

“#HADR @indiannavy launches #OpNistar 2 evacuate around 38 stranded Indian nationals in/around Socotra. INS Sunayna mission deployed in W Arabian Sea has been diverted to reach off Socotra tomorrow. Indian seafarers stranded view cyclone Mekunu which hit that area few days back,” the spokesperson tweeted.

The cyclone Mekunu badly hit various parts of Oman and Socotra island.

First Published: Jun 02, 2018 23:55 IST