Sunday, February 27, 2022

Relief as first batch of students arrive at Kochi airport

Kochi: “We were lucky to be on the first evacuation flight and we are thankful to the government for bringing us home. But thousands of Indian students, including hundreds of our Malayali friends, are still stranded there and some of them are in the middle of the war zone fearing for their lives. We will be happy only if all of them are brought back safely,” said Greeshma Rachel Thomas, a native of Thiruvalla and a student of Bukovinian State Medical University in Western Ukraine, who landed at Kochi airport from New Delhi on Sunday afternoon after being evacuated from the war-hitUkraine.

The concern expressed by Greeshma for her friends and other Indian students in Ukraine was shared by almost all other evacuated students who landed at Kochi in three flights, one from Mumbai and two from New Delhi.

Many of the parents were tearful though all of them were happy to see their children again. Santhosh Kumar, father of Gaadha S, a native of Thevakkal in Ernakulam who studies at Bukovinian State Medical University, said that none of the students who were evacuated in the first two flights faced much difficulty other than connectivity issues and difficulty to withdraw cash from ATMs. “We are happy to see our kids. But all of them were in the ex treme west of Ukraine and did not face any horrors of the war.

As many as 44 students reached Kochi while 13 and 25 students landed in Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram in seven flights, taking the total number of evacuated Malayali students to 82 on the first day of Operation Ganga. 

27/02/22 Times of India

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