Tuesday, March 31, 2020

US starts airlift of citizens from B'desh; coordinating with India

New York: The US government has begun airlifting its citizens stuck Bangladesh because of coronavirus pandemic and is coordinating with India to arrange flights from there for its nationals, according to a State Department official.

The official dealing with consular affairs, Ian Brownlee said on Monday, "We had our first flight - repatriation flight - out of Bangladesh today and are coordinating with the Indian Government to begin flights (from) there."

Brownlee had said last week that about 1,500 Americans in the New Delhi area, between 600 and 700 in the Mumbai area and 300 to 400 elsewhere had expressed interest in returning home.

Last week the State Department issued a "Level 4" travel alert advising its citizens not to travel internationally and asking those abroad to return home.
31/03/20 Arul Louis/daijiworld
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