Cyclone Mekunu: 38 Indians evacuated from Socotra island in Yemen, safely reach Porbandar in INS Sunayna

New Delhi: The 38 Indians evacuated from Socotra island in Yemen on the Indian Naval Ship (INS) Sunayna on 3 June, landed safely at Porbandar on Thursday, a defence statement said.

The rescued citizens were received at Porbandar harbour by Rear Admiral Sanjay Roye, flag officer commanding Gujarat, Daman, and Diu Naval Area. After initial briefing about the scheduled disembarkation formalities, they were put through mandatory customs clearance and immigration checks, the Navy said.

Debris litter a beach after Cyclone Mekunu in Salalah, Oman. AP

Debris litter a beach after Cyclone Mekunu in Salalah, Oman. AP

"After completion of all the administrative formalities, they have been handed over to the civil police to facilitate their return to native places," the statement said.

The Indians were stranded for nearly 10 days after severe cyclonic storm 'Mekunu' devastated the area around Socotra Island.

INS Sunayna was diverted from Gulf of Aden deployment to Socotra Island for a search and rescue operation after the Indian Navy received a distress call from the Directorate General of Shipping and Indian Sailing Vessels association. The operation was code-named "Operation Nistar".

The 38 Indians were successfully rescued and evacuated in the early morning of 3 June.

"All evacuees were safely embarked onboard the ship and were immediately provided with medical care, food, water, and telephone facilities. Thereafter, the ship also undertook intensive surface search and aerial reconnaissance of the area to look for any more survivors," the Navy statement said.

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Updated Date: Jun 08, 2018 11:35:05 IST

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