Monday, June 01, 2020

16,000 stranded Indians flown home from UAE during COVID-19 repatriation

Dubai: Around 16,000 stranded Indians in the UAE have been flown home to India since the coronavirus ‘Vande Bharat’ repatriation flight began on May 7, said Indian missions in the UAE.
The Indian government operated 80 special Air India and Air India Express flights while nine others were chartered by UAE-based companies to fly home their workers.

The Indian Consulate in Dubai announced that 10,271 Indians were repatriated on 57 flights to various cities up until May 31.

“We also arranged sending 42 mortal remains. Doing our best to serve the community, labourers and distressed people,” the mission said in a tweet while posting an update on repatriation efforts.
Meanwhile, the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi said the number of Indians repatriated from the UAE’s Capital stood at 5,642 including workers flown home by their companies.

“A total of 23 special flights carried 4,074 passengers and nine company charters carried 1,568 workers,” the mission said in a statement to Gulf News on Monday.

One person’s mortal remains were also sent home from Abu Dhabi.
However, thousands of stranded Indians are still waiting for more repatriation flights with those from different states like Maharashtra running campaigns appealing for early repatriation.
01/06/20 Sajila Saseendran/Gulf News

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