The Union Government has started the operation ‘Sankat Mochan’ to evacuate Indian citizens stranded in South Sudan’s capital Juba. Sankat Mochan in Hindi means reliever from troubles.
The operation is being undertaken by Indian Air Force (IAF) and will be headed by Union Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs General (Retd.) VK Singh.
- Two heavy-lift C-17 military transport aircrafts have been deployed by UIAF in service to make the evacuation.
- The Indian Ambassador in South Sudan Srikumar Menon and his team is organising this operation on the ground.
- The Indian Embassy in South Sudan already has alerted stranded Indians in Juba about the evacuation plan.
- The flight route for evacuation is Juba-Kampala-Trivandrum-Delhi. Passengers can also de-board at Trivandrum.