2 flights with 334 rescued from Yemen land in Mumbai

Written By kom nampultig on Sabtu, 04 April 2015 | 22.23

MUMBAI/NAVI MUMBAI: Two Indian Air Force C-17 Globemasters are expected to land at Mumbai airport late on Friday with 334 Indians rescued from Al Hodeidah Port on the west coast of strife-torn Yemen.

They had boarded Indian Navy Ship (INS) Sumitra from Al Hodeidah Port on Thursday evening, and disembarked at Djibouti port on Friday at 1pm. They are expected to reach Mumbai airport in two batches of 155 and 179, said an Indian Navy official.

Even as INS Sumitra has sailed back to the west coast of Yemen to carry out another rescue operation, INS Mumbai will enter the port city of Aden on Saturday to rescue 400 more Indians stranded there. They are expected to reach India by next week.

"Several people are making their own means to reach Djibouti, apart from those who were rescued by the Indian Navy ship and placed in IAF flights to return to India," said a naval officer.

There are about 4,000 Indian workers, businessmen and nurses working in Yemen—80% are from Kerala. Indians are mainly stranded in Aden and Sanaa.

The first batch of evacuees who had reached Indian soil early on Thursday is yet to recover from the horror of the terror. Jobless and traumatized, most of them plan to take break or visit temples to erase the memories of flying bullets and exploding bombs.

Latha Munappan from Kanyakumari, who worked as an X-ray technician in Yemen for four years, told TOI, "I was scared when a bomb exploded near our hospital. We reduced our intake of food so that the ration will last for more days. I was scared; I wasn't sure that I would return home." She was received by her elder sister Jayalakshmi and family residing in Mulund. "I will not hunt for a job in Gulf countries. My mother told me that whatever I earn in Kanyakumari is enough for our survival."

Her nephew Natraj Pillai said, "She seems to have gone into a shell. She closes her ears every time there's a loud sound. We plan to go on a pilgrimage to help her forget those horrific memories."

Mariamma Varughese (36), who worked as a nurse in Yemen, is happy to return to her Panvel home, but is worried about getting a job. "I used to earn Rs 40,000 a month in Aden," said Mariamma, adding that she will wait for directives from the Indian government and then start hunting for a job. Till then, she plans to take a break after working non-stop for the last 15 years.

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