Sunday, March 22, 2020

Stranded Indians face hygiene issues at KL airport

Mangaluru: With a 10-day lockdown on international flights coming into India, announced by the government to combat coronavirus getting under way on Sunday, hope for more than 250 Indians stranded at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Malaysia is fast receding. With reports of Malaysia looking to deploy its military to enforce a total lockdown emerging, the plight of those stranded at the airport is going from bad to worse.
Those stranded included Mahima Gupta and Navin Mallya, two medical interns who had travelled to Malaysia for an internship. The stranded passengers are making all-out efforts to draw the attention of the authorities– both in Malaysia and in India—through a WhatsApp group – Fly2India Stuck ppl in KL. People have been sharing their tales of suffering through voice and video messages, while hoping for some positive news.
The main thrust of the group has been to ensure that their news surfaces in all major media – print and electronic—in their respective states – so that pressure is maintained on authorities and elected representatives for a workable evacuation plan.
Helping them are their contacts, friends and relatives, who are actively sharing their videos with the media to ensure that they are not forgotten, while they keep updating themselves of developments there.
22/03/20 Jaideep Shenoy/Times of India

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