New Delhi: As upsurge in Libya spiraling up, the Central government on Tuesday said it is ready to evacuate around 18,000 Indians who are facing tough time there.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said the Centre was keeping a close tab on the developments in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain and added that inter-ministerial meetings were organsied to take stock of the situation in the region.

"I have personally been in touch with our Ambassadors in these countries and have conveyed that all measures should be taken for the safety and welfare of our nationals there," he said.

He noted that "violent political protests" are being witnessed in Libya as also Yemen and Bahrain which have significant Indian community.
There are about 350,000 Indians in Bahrain and 14,000 in Yemen.

Referring to Egypt which also underwent political upheaval recently, Krishna said upon request from the Indian community, three special flights were arranged by Air India, which carried around 670 Indians from Cairo to Mumbai.