April 20, 2015

sushma-swarajOdisha Channel Bureau New Delhi, April 20: There were 31 people from Odisha among the 4,741 Indians who were evacuated from Republic of Yemen by the Government of India.This became known when Union External Affairs Minister and Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made a statement in the Lok Sabha today.“We not only managed to safely evacuate 4,741 Indians but also 1,947 foreign nationals from 48 countries till 18 April under most difficult circumstances,” Swaraj said in her statement.Operation “Raahat”, conducted for the evacuation of Indian nationals from war-torn Yemen has been a resounding success, well-acknowledged by the international community, she said.“As Indian Embassy was among the handful of foreign missions operational in Sana’a after the airstrikes began, we received formal requests from 33 countries, including from neighbouring and Western countries, for assistance in evacuation of their nationals.We responded positively to these requests to the extent possible based on ground realities and helped nationals of 48 countries in evacuation,” she added.Stating that the Indian Government assisted nationals of Australia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Canada, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Maldives, Morocco, Myanmar, Mexico, Moldova, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, Somalia, Sweden, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, Tanzania, the UK, Uzbekistan, the US, the UAE, Uganda, Ukraine and Yemen, Swaraj said that this received worldwide appreciation.As for the evacuated Indians, they are from 27 States and Union Territories.The State-wise list of evacuees is as follows:-· Assam – 3· Andaman & Nicobar Islands – 1· Bihar – 219· Gujarat -115· Goa -30· Himachal Pradesh- 5· Haryana – 5· Jharkhand -20· Jammu & Kashmir -1· Karnataka -123· Kerala – 2,527· Maharashtra – 293· Manipur – 3· Madhya Pradesh – 47· Nagaland – 2· NCT Delhi -23· Odisha – 31· Pudducherry – 1· Punjab – 31· Rajasthan – 60· Tamil Nadu – 427· Telangana /Andhra Pradesh -180· Tripura – 1· Uttar Pradesh – 368· Uttarakhand -30 and· West Bengal -195.She informed the House that in view of the worsening security situation in Sana’a and after the successful conclusion of the evacuation process, India had relocated its Embassy to Djibouti on April 15.“Our Embassy would continue to operate from Djibouti till situation returns to normalcy in Yemen,” she said.

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