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UAE-India repatriation: 800 pregnant women flown home so far

Ashwani Kumar /Abu Dhabi Filed on May 27, 2020 | Last updated on May 27, 2020 at 03.32 pm
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Pregnant women and those with medical emergencies have always been on the priority list of passengers for repatriation.

More than 800 pregnant women have already been repatriated from the UAE to India as part of the Vande Bharat Mission.

"We know there are thousands waiting but it is tough task for us to prioritise them. We have so far sent more than 800 pregnant women in advanced stage pregnancy and 850 plus patients back to India," the Consulate-General of India in Dubai said as the second phase of the UAE mission started on Tuesday.

Pregnant women and those with medical emergencies have always been on the priority list of passengers for repatriation. On May 16, during the first phase, a record 108 pregnant women and 148 people with medical emergencies were flown back on just three flights.

And now, with the second phase having additional flights, there is more hope for stranded Indians.

A total of 81 flights operated by Air India and subsidiary Air Indian Express will repatriate around 14,000 Indians till June 8.

"Today we have four flights to Kochi, Kannur, Kozhikode and Trivandrum from Dubai carrying around 725 passengers. The Consulate ensures that no seat remains vacant and full capacity utilised," the Consulate tweeted.

Additionally, four special flights flew from Abu Dhabi to Amritsar, Kozhikode, Kochi and Trivandrum.

At least 6,500 pregnant women in the UAE, in various stages of their pregnancy, have registered their interest to return home to India, when embassy and consulate opened registrations for repatriation.




Ashwani Kumar

I am a newspaperman from the emirate of Abu Dhabi. A journalist at heart. I get my stories from the streets. A south Indian born in the Hindi heartland, I easily connect with people from different nationalities and cultures. I am calm like a monk, sensitive and very patient reporter. On the ground, I cover a range of topics related to community, health, embassy, tourism, transport, business and sports. I will go out on a leg to do what’s right and stand by what I believe in.

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