Many of them airlifted, some have crossed over to Uganda

The fate of Indians, including those from Andhra Pradesh, employed in various establishments in strife-torn South Sudan, continues to remain uncertain even as the Union government has issued an advisory to Indian nationals to leave the troubled African nation.

With the struggle between two leading ethnic groups that erupted few days ago threatening to turn into a civil war, a few hundred Indians employed there are facing a risk to their lives. A good chunk of them hail from Andhra Pradesh.

According to Andhra Pradesh Minister for Civil Supplies D. Sridhar Babu, who is also in-charge of the Overseas Affairs, several Indians had been airlifted out of South Sudan or managed to cross the border into Uganda.

“The process of ascertaining the exact number of people stranded is on and we are hopeful that they will return home safely,” he told The Hindu.