The Indian government is evacuating around 3,000 Indian nationals from Sudan due to violence. The Ministry of Health is working with the Ministry of External Affairs under Operation Kaveri to ensure the safe return of these individuals. As part of the evacuation, 117 of the 1,191 Indians rescued from Sudan are currently being quarantined because they were not vaccinated against yellow fever. All passengers will be released after seven days if they remain asymptomatic. Passengers are being provided with rent-free accommodation and free food at quarantine centers managed by airport health officers and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at various hospitals across states as well as central government hospitals like Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.
The first batch of passengers arrived in Delhi with 360 passengers, none of whom required quarantine. The second flight arrived in Mumbai with 240 passengers, of which 14 were quarantined. Two people were released after validation of their vaccination certificates, and the remaining 12 will complete their quarantine period till Saturday evening. The third flight arrived in Bengaluru on Friday with 360 passengers, of which 47 passengers were initially quarantined. Three of them were released on Saturday after verification of vaccination, and five more passengers’ verification is in process. The fourth flight arrived in Delhi Friday evening with 231 passengers, of which 61 were quarantined (one was later released). Thirty-five passengers are at Delhi APHO and 26 passengers at Safdarjung Hospital.
The fifth flight is expected to arrive in Delhi Saturday night with 367 passengers, and an additional flight with 320 passengers is expected to arrive Sunday morning at 10:30 am in Bengaluru. The number of those quarantined will be dynamic as it is dependent on the verification status of passengers’ passport number(s). Operation Kaveri was launched on April 24 to evacuate the Indian citizens stranded in Sudan. A team of officials, including from the Ministry of External Affairs, the Indian Air Force, and the Indian embassy in Sudan, have been appointed to ensure that the proper process of evacuation gets followed. During the evacuation, Indians will be transferred from Sudan to the capital city of Khartoum where they will be flown back to India.