Over 30 Lakh Indians Returned From Abroad Under Vande Bharat Mission: MEA

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The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said that more than 30 lakh Indians have returned from abroad after the government of India launched the ‘Vande Bharat’ evacuation mission on May 7 in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said phase eight of the mission, made operational from November 1, was ongoing.

Under this phase, as on November 19, as many as 763 international flights have been operated from 24 countries reaching 21 airports across India and repatriating an estimated 1,40,000 people, he said.

Briefing the media this evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said one lakh 40 thousand people have returned in this phase. He said a total of 30.9 lakh Indians have been repatriated under the Vande Bharat Mission till today.

Under Phase 8 Air India will operate repatriation flights between India and Addis Ababa, Adelaide, Cairo, Colombo, Kuwait, Muscat, Nairobi, Rangoon, Rome, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sydney, and Wuhan.


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