Several Indians from across the world were repatriated on Sunday; more arrivals are expected today
Mumbai: A total of 178 Indians left Doha for Kochi, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Saturday evening aboard the first repatriation flight from Qatar.
INS Jalashwa, carrying as many as 700 Indian nationals from the Maldives as part of the Operation Samudra Setu of the Indian Navy, arrived at the Kochi Port on Sunday.
Op #SamudraSetu - @indiannavy Ships Mission Deployed in the Indian Ocean Region joined #INSJalashwa, on her passage back from #Maldives; highlighting India’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding her diaspora anywhere in the world.#हरकामदेशकेनाम @SpokespersonMoD https://t.co/ga4MZvx4ic pic.twitter.com/PScGLcpSSR— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) May 9, 2020
The first batch of 572 Indian nationals, who were stranded in the United Kingdom, also landed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai early on Sunday morning. The passengers were thermally screened before being sent for quarantine to 88 hotels across the city.
#Seafarers boarding special flight for #Mumbai. Screened by health authorities at @HeathrowAirport and a step closer to meet their lived ones.— ISWAN South Asia (@ISWAN_SOUTHASIA) May 9, 2020
Thanks to @indiaintheuk @airindiain @meaindia @VikasSwarup@iswan_org @FlyingAngelNews @IMOHQ#shipping #maritime #CoronavirusPandemic pic.twitter.com/t9equB7gGp
Another flight from Singapore to Mumbai is scheduled to land later today.
Special appreciation for @airindiain @IndianinUK @MEAINDIA @VikasSwarup @mansukhmandviya ji. Without their selfless and hard work, this would not have been possible.— ISWAN South Asia (@ISWAN_SOUTHASIA) May 9, 2020
Thanks @Seafarers_Trust @Seafarers_UK @iswan_org @dgship_goi@IMOHQ @Mar_Ex @BullardSophia #Covid_19 #pandemic pic.twitter.com/LpYbm4qQtO
A spokesperson for Mumbai International Airport Limited said several more flights will repatriate as many as 2,350 nationals from the UK, US, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Philippines over the next week beginning Sunday. In addition, six transit flights will also pass through Mumbai.
First repatriation flight from Oman - IX 442 to Kochi with 177 passengers and 4 infants - ready to take off from Muscat Airport. Wishing all a safe journey. #VandeBharatMission@PMOIndia@MEAIndia@IndianDiplomacy pic.twitter.com/IvYr770TtX— India in Oman (Embassy of India, Muscat) (@Indemb_Muscat) May 9, 2020
IX 476 takes off for Kochi with 178 passengers, 6 of them infants. Thanks to the Qatari Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Civil Aviation Authority, Hamad International Airport and the Air India team in Doha for all the support. #VandeBharatMission pic.twitter.com/dADXFL6ejP— India in Qatar (@IndEmbDoha) May 9, 2020
Late on Saturday, two Air India flights landed in Hyderabad and Lucknow, bringing back citizens from Kuwait and UAE’s Sharjah, respectively. Another set of 177 stranded nationals were brought back to Tamil Nadu’s Trichy from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. A repatriation flight from Dhaka had also arrived at the national capital.
Through the Vande Bharat Mission, India will send 64 flights and three Navy ships to repatriate Indians stranded abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly 15,000 Indians are expected to return home over the next week.
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Last Updated 10, May 2020, 6:12 PM