INS Magar, the
second naval ship of the Indian Navy’s Op Samudra Setu, to evacuate stranded
Indian Nationals from Maldives and ensure smooth and safe passage back to
India, arrived at Male Port on the morning of 10 May 20.
INS Magar made necessary preparations to accommodate civilians
INS Magar, an LST(L) designed for landing
operations, had made all necessary logistic, medical and administrative
preparations at her base port Kochi to comfortably accommodate civilians before
setting sail towards Maldives.
The ship will evacuate about 200 citizens
The ship will
evacuate about 200 citizens while ensuring all precautions related to COVID-19
including social distancing norms are followed.
An entirely separate section of the ship with essential facilities like
food and washrooms has been prepared to accommodate the evacuees and a separate
mess has been allotted for ladies, infants and senior citizens. Additional
precautions have been taken by dividing the evacuees into groups to avoid
crowding at common areas like dining hall, bathrooms etc.
first ship carrying evacuees from Maldives, INS Jalashwa reached Kochi harbour
this morning with 698 Indian citizens.