Friday, June 05, 2020

Chartered flights repatriate 342 Indian nationals from Maldives

An additional 342 Indian citizens stranded in Maldives due to the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19 left for their home country aboard private chartered flights on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Indian High Commission in Maldives stated that with this repatriation effort, the High Comission has facilitated the travel of over 2000 Indian citizens out of Maldives. Prior to this, 1,400, Indians were repatriated via sea on an Indian navy ship as well.

Speaking to local media Mihaaru, Deputy Commissioner Shree Rohith Rathish expressed gratitude towards the Maldivian government for their assistance in the repatriation efforts organised by the High Commission and private companies.

Approximately 700 Indian nationals are scheduled to depart for India via the sea route on Friday as well. Moreover, the High Commission announced that three Air India flights are scheduled to evacuate Indian citizens on 16, 17 and 18 June.

According to Rohit, the chartered flights were arranged by companies employing Indian citizens and does not fall under the 'Vande Bharat' Mission launched by the Indian government to repatriate its nationals stranded abroad due to the coronavirus lockdown.

He noted that the High Commission's responsibility is facilitating these private charters and providing the necessary permits.

Confirming that the Indigo chartered flights, each carrying 171 passengers, landed in New Delhi, Rohit noted that most of the individuals on board were employed at AIMA Construction Pvt Ltd.
05/06/20 Shahudha Mohamed/Edition
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