Around 200 Indians struck in Iran have boarded the INS Shardul at Shahid Bahonar port in Bandar Abbas. The ship will head towards Porbandar as part of the Samudra Setu mission under the Vande Bharat initiative of the Indian government. The move is aimed at rescuing stranded Indians in Iran. This is INS Shardul’s second repatriation of stranded Indians. This trip will see the ship ferrying stranded fishermen from Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
The Indian embassy in Iran was asked to prepare a list of citizens who needed to be evacuated. It was also asked to ensure that medical screening was done before the passengers could board the ship, a release from the Navy said. The ship like several others that have been sent for evacuation is provisioned for the same and staff and others will be following the social distancing norms. It also has facilities of additional medical staff, doctors, hygienists, nutritionists, medical stores, rations, personal protective equipment, face-masks and lifesaving gear, the Navy said in a statement
Earlier INS Jalashwa and Magar have already evacuated 2,874 personnel from Maldives and Sri Lanka to ports of Kochi and Tuticorin.