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‘Sana’a likely to run out of basic necessities’

By Noah D’Mello

BANGALORE (April 2)--Ravi Kumar, a Bangalore-based business man who is among the 3,000 Indians who have been stranded in the war-torn Arab nation of Yemen, said the situation in Yemen is worsening each day as the war-struck nation is running out of basic necessities like food and petrol.

With the continuation of this civil war, Kumar is worried about their sustenance in the city.

He said, “Right now there is a shortage of food in Yemen, people have stored in their houses, but looking at the current situation, the food supply will run out.”

Long queues at a petrol bunk in Sana'a, Yemen

Transport within the city to the embassy and the airport is becoming difficult, said Adil, another Indian in Sana’a.

He said, “The biggest concern right now is petrol. There are huge queues at all petrol bunks to fill petrol.”

Kumar, who is the co-founder of Trinity NDT Engineers, Bangalore, spoke to The Softcopy over the phone and said that he is worried about his return from Yemen.

“There are air-strikes happening right now and we cannot even go out,” Ravi said. “There are high-level meetings happening with the Indian embassy, but we aren’t told about anything.”

Kumar, who was supposed to be back on the 26 March, said, “It was my bad luck that my last day in Yemen was the first day of the uprising, because of which I’m still stuck here.”

He said that they have no information about their return flights.

“We got our boarding passes, but the flights are not getting permission to land here in Sana’a,” he said. “Our flights are getting cancelled because of this.”

Kumar also said if the Saudi and Yemeni forces start ground action then it will be difficult for them to even go out.

He said, “Yemeni and Indians look more or less similar and the Saudi forces will not know that we are Indians and we might get attacked instead.”

Peenya Industries Association, one of the oldest industrial estates in Bangalore of which Trinity NDT Engineers is a part, held a one-day strike expressing their solidarity for situation of Kumar and other Indians that are stuck in the chaos in Yemen.

Shiv Kumar, Ravi Kumar’s brother, said every day his brother says the situation is worsening by the day.

He said his niece is worried for her father’s return. He said, “Even she asks about her dad’s whereabouts. She asked me, ‘When is Modi uncle getting daddy back?’”

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