Cyclone Mekunu: Indian Navy evacuates 38 stranded Indians from Yemen

The Indian Navy evacuated 38 stranded Indians from Socotra island in Yemen where they got stuck after a cyclone hit the area 10 days ago, forcing India to launch an operation to rescue them. All are reported to be safe.

The Navy evacuated the Indians as part of operation ‘NISTAR’ carried out off the coast of Socotra early on Sunday and embarked them at Indian Naval ship INS Sunayna to bring them back to India, a Navy spokesperson said.

Severe cyclonic storm Mekenu crossed the Yemeni Island of Socotra on May 24, leaving 38 Indians stranded on the island with limited food and water.

The Navy deployed INS Sunayna in Western Arabian Sea for the humanitarian and disaster relief operation just after it received a distress call from the Directorate General of Shipping and the Indian Sailing Vessels Association.

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