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Samudra Setu: Indians stranded in Maldives board INS Magar at Male Port

The ship will evacuate about 200 citizens while ensuring all precautions to prevent transmission of the novel coronavirus. INS Magar at Male Port on Sunday (Photo Credits: Manjeet Negi)Indians stranded in the Maldives have started boarding INS Magar, the naval ship which reached Male Port on Sunday. This is the second naval ship of the…

The ship will evacuate about 200 citizens while ensuring all precautions to prevent transmission of the novel coronavirus.

INS Magar at Male Port on Sunday

INS Magar at Male Port on Sunday (Photo Credits: Manjeet Negi)

Indians stranded in the Maldives have started boarding INS Magar, the naval ship which reached Male Port on Sunday. This is the second naval ship of the Indian Navy that is participating in its Samudra Setu operation in a bid to repatriate Indians stranded in other countries.

Designed specifically for landing operations, INS Magar made all necessary logistic, medical and administrative preparations at her base port in Kerala’s Kochi to comfortably accommodate civilians before setting sail towards the Maldives.

The ship will evacuate about 200 citizens while ensuring all precautions to prevent transmission of the novel coronavirus, including social distancing norms.

INS Magar at Male Port on Sunday (Photo Credits: Manjeet Negi)

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.

#INSMagar arriving alongside at Port of Male, #Maldives to embark Indian citizens.#IndiaFightsCorona#ModAgainstCorona# @Portmv @DDNewslive @PIB_India @MIB_India pic.twitter.com/XXT2TMqhwa

— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) May 10, 2020

Concurrently, the first ship carrying evacuees from Maldives, INS Jalashwa reached Kochi harbour on Sunday morning with 698 Indian citizens.

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