Coronavirus: Another 323 Indians evacuated from Wuhan, return home
Ambassador pays tribute to officials involved in the evacuation operation.
India successfully evacuated another group of more than 300 Indians stranded in coronavirus-hit China, on Sunday.
According to Vikram Misri, India's ambassador to China, a second Air India flight from Wuhan took off for Delhi with 323 Indian citizens on board late Saturday night.
Among the evacuated were also seven Maldives citizens.
In a series of tweets, the official thanked Chinese authorities for their assistance, and paid tribute to Indian officers and officials part of the operation to bring back Indians back home.
The 2nd #AirIndia flight from #Wuhan has just taken off for #Delhi with 323 Indian citizens on board. 7 Maldives citizens are also being evacuated. Grateful once again to @MFA_China and local authorities all across #Hubei for their assistance. @MEAIndia @DrSJaishankar @EOIBeijing- Vikram Misri (@VikramMisri) February 1, 2020
96-hour long operation
Want to thank my team at @EOIBeijing which mounted a non-stop almost 96-hour long operation to coordinate a complex airlift under challenging circumstances for us, the passengers and local authorities in #Hubei and #Wuhan- Vikram Misri (@VikramMisri) February 1, 2020
A special word of appreciation for two of our officers who are on board the plane - Deepak Padmakumar and M.Balakrishnan - they showed exemplary fortitude and a real spirit of public service by traveling to ground zero in #Wuhan to coordinate airport arrangements. Kudos to both.- Vikram Misri (@VikramMisri) February 1, 2020
Misri wished China all the best as they fight the disease, assuring them of India's continued support.
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