April 2015 sees India concentrated on Yemen evacuation mission. Beginning 2nd April, INS Sumitra left Al Hodeidah with 306 Indians on board.
An IAF C-17 aircraft left from Jamnagar to Djibouti (ETA-1300 Hr IST 3rd April). Expected Time of arrival of INS Sumitra at Djibouti on the same day was at 1330 hrs.
Indian nationals evacuated from Al Hodeidah by INS Sumitra came to Mumbai by 2 IAF C-17s. Two C-17 Globemaster III of IAF headed home from Djibouti carrying 334 passengers to safety. IAF Globemaster III flights landed at Mumbai (ETA- 2300-2345 Hrs). One IAF C-17 Globemaster III plane carried 155 passengers on board from Djibouti to Mumbai. The other IAF C-17 carried 179 on board from Djibouti, including persons evacuated by INS Sumitra.
In all, IAF C-17 brought home 334 Indians from Yemen via Djibouti. INS Mumbai entered Djibouti harbour had 441 evacuees from Aden on board: Male 240, Female- 121, Kids- 80. INS Mumbai also rescued foreigners: Sri Lanka 1, Morrocco 1, Syria 2, Jordan 5, Italy 1, Romania 2, Sweden 5, USA 3, Hungary 4, Yemen 93, UK 24, Russia 2, France 8, Egypt 19, Nepal 1, Canada 2, Lebanon 3. In all 176 foreigners were evacuated.
INS Sumitra began evacuation of stranded Indians from Al Mukallah. Air India pressed into service two A321 aircraft to fly out Indians from Sana’a, Yemen to Djibouti. The first flight evacuated 306. Both A321s began evacuation on 3rd April 2015 and will shuttle between both places over the next few days. Owing to problem of clearances, aircrafts could not make a second trip, and stayed on at Sana’a to ensure evacuation.
Yesterday an Air India B777 aircraft landed in Kochi, bringing in 322 evacuees. Indian Railways is doing its bit for Yemen evacuation and provided free tickets to 75 evacuees to travel from Mumbai to their destinations. 4th April early morning, 36 Yemen evacuees were sent to home by trains. This morning, 5.4.2015 38 evacuees left for home from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CSTM) and 18 from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT). today, INS Sumitra began evacuation of stranded Indians from Al Mukallah.
Public praise for the lady. Tahseen Bahader V.P. Mahatma Gandhi Int School Aden coordinated evacuation & boarded last pic.twitter.com/6CEyu0280m
— Syed Akbaruddin (@MEAIndia) April 5, 2015
Problem with ATCs curtailed us to one trip from Sana’a. 322 sent to India. pic.twitter.com/GYtxl3yCey
— Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) April 4, 2015
— Sitanshu Kar (@SpokespersonMoD) April 4, 2015
— Central Railway (@Central_Railway) April 4, 2015
Happy to be heading home! Indian nationals boarding an AI flight from Sana'a to Djibouti pic.twitter.com/we9WpVOU73
— Air India (@airindiain) April 4, 2015