Operation Indravati: India's Evacuation Mission in Haiti

Image depicting the beginning of Operation 'Indravati', as Indians are evacuated from Haiti to the Dominican Republic amidst the ongoing crisis.
Operation Indravati: India's Evacuation Mission in Haiti [Source: The Hindu]

Operation Indravati is an ongoing mission launched by the Indian government to evacuate its nationals from Haiti, a country plagued by widespread gang violence and political instability. Named after the Indravati River in India, the operation aims to ensure the safety and well-being of Indian citizens amidst the escalating crisis in Haiti.

Background of the Crisis in Haiti

Haiti has faced ongoing challenges since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July 2021, leading to a power vacuum and political turmoil. Prime Minister Ariel Henry assumed power, but efforts to establish a stable transition have failed. Armed groups have launched attacks, leading to widespread violence, hindering access to healthcare and education, and exacerbating hunger.

India's Response: Operation Indravati

Recognizing the urgency, India launched Operation Indravati to evacuate its citizens. External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar announced the successful evacuation of 12 Indians to the Dominican Republic. India expressed gratitude to the Dominican Republic for their support in the evacuation process.

Monitoring the Situation

India does not have an embassy in Haiti, monitoring the situation through its mission in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. Approximately 75 to 90 Indians are in Haiti, with 60 having registered with Indian authorities for potential evacuation.

International Response

The United States airlifted over 15 Americans from Haiti to Santo Domingo. The international community is closely monitoring the situation to ensure the safety of their nationals.

Important Facts for Exams

  • Operation Indravati is named after the Indravati River in India.
  • India has conducted successful evacuation operations in the past, including in Yemen (2015) and South Sudan (2016).
  • The Dominican Republic, where evacuated Indians are taken, shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti but differs in political stability and economic development.

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