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19.40 lakh Indians repatriated through 'Vande Bharat' mission

As of Thursday, a total of 19.40 lakh Indians have been repatriated through the 'Vande Bharat' mission, informed the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) today.

ANI | New Delhi | Updated: 22-10-2020 18:55 IST | Created: 22-10-2020 18:55 IST
19.40 lakh Indians repatriated through 'Vande Bharat' mission
Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava. Image Credit: ANI

As of Thursday, a total of 19.40 lakh Indians have been repatriated through the 'Vande Bharat' mission, informed the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) today. In a weekly media briefing, Anurag Srivastava, MEA Spokesperson, said: "In terms of numbers, 1,050 international flights have been scheduled under this phase, 690 flights have already been operated from 20 countries, reaching 22 airports across the country and repatriating an estimated 1 lakh 20 thousand people."

"Our missions continue to proactively work with local governments to facilitate the movement of Indians stranded in those countries," he added. Phase seven of the mission was initiated on October 1, 2020.

The Vande Bharat Mission started in early May to evacuate Indians stranded abroad due to coronavirus-induced travel restrictions. (ANI)

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