Sunday, March 06, 2022

13,000 students stranded in Ukraine return to India on special flights; Tiss starts helpline

Mumbai: Over 13,700 Indians stranded in Ukraine returned to India on special flights operated from countries neighboring Ukraine so far, including about 3,000 who returned on Saturday onboard 15 flights, the Indian government said. Among the 15 flights was the Air India Express from Budapest that landed in Mumbai and three IAF flights that landed in Delhi. On Sunday, 11 special flights are expected to operate from Budapest, Kosice, Rzeszow and Bucharest, bringing in more than 2,200 Indians back.

Most of the 183 students who landed on Air India Express flight IX-1602 here were bound for southern states, with 40 to Kerala, 36 to Andhra Pradesh, 30 to Telangana and 28 to Tamil Nadu. Eleven students were from Maharashtra, while the rest were from Bihar, Punjab, Haryana and West Bengal.

TISS had created a special emotion support helpline for Indian students in Ukraine and their parents. “The war currently unfolding in Ukraine is distressing for our students and their parents,” said TISS. The helpline (+919152987823), available from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm for conversations in English, Hindi or Marathi, is handled by trained mental health professionals, it added.

“The Indians brought back by 55 special civilian flights goes up to 11,728. Till date, IAF has flown 10 sorties to bring back 2,056 passengers, while taking 26 tonnes of relief load as part of Operation Ganga,” the Press Information Bureau said. Among civilian flights on Saturday were five from Budapest, four from Suceava (Romania), one from Kosice (Slovakia) and two from Rzeszow (Poland).

06/03/22 Times of India

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