Operation Indravati: Evacuation of Indians from Haiti

Operation Indravati: Evacuation of Indians from Haiti

Context:

       Haiti, a Caribbean country, has plunged into chaos due to armed gangs taking over its streets. The government has virtually disappeared, leading to a state of anarchy.

Operation Indravati:

India has launched ‘Operation Indravati’ to evacuate its citizens from violence-torn Haiti to the Dominican Republic. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar confirmed the launch of the rescue effort through a social media post. The operation is named after the Indravati River, a tributary of the Godavari River in India.

Evacuation Details:

  • As part of the ongoing operation, 12 Indian nationals were safely evacuated on Thursday.
  • The decision to launch Operation Indravati follows earlier remarks by Randhir Jaiswal, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, during a weekly press briefing on March 15, where he stated India’s readiness to evacuate its citizens if required.

Situation in Haiti:

  • Haiti has been grappling with a state of emergency triggered by recent violent attacks.
  • Gangs, mainly led by Jimmy Cherizier, have taken control of Haiti’s streets.
  • The US has airlifted non-essential staff from its embassy, and the country has declared a state of emergency.
  • On March 12, Prime Minister Ariel Henry, stranded outside the country, resigned.

Indian Response:

  • India has established a control room and an emergency helpline number to aid in the evacuation of distressed Indian nationals from Haiti.
  • The embassy in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, which holds accreditation for Haiti, is monitoring the situation closely.

Significance of Operation Indravati:

  • It highlights India’s commitment to the security and well-being of its nationals abroad.
  • It demonstrates India’s readiness to respond to crises and evacuate its citizens from volatile regions.

Conclusion:

Operation Indravati underscores India’s proactive approach to ensuring the safety of its citizens during times of crisis. It also highlights the need for international cooperation and support in addressing humanitarian emergencies.

 

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