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Over 32,000 stranded Nepalese rescued from foreign countries

(File: Nepalese migrant worker returning from Kuwait at Tribhuvan International Airport. He returned to Nepal on Thursday as per the government’s policy of returning Nepalis who are facing problems abroad for employment. Photo: Pradeepraj Onta-RSS)

KATHMANDU:- So far 32,727 Nepalese who were stranded in various foreign countries due to COVID-19 pandemic have been rescued and repatriated to Nepal. The figure included 558 Nepalis who have been rescued and reached Nepal on Monday. They were rescued from 25 foreign countries through chartered flights.
According to details until July 19 with the COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre, 206 international chartered flights took place to ferry the stranded Nepalis. Seven thousand six hundred seventeen Nepalis have been rescued from UAE, 5,549 from Kuwait, 5,044 from Saudi Arabia, 3,730 from Malaysia and 3,633 from Qatar.
The rescued Nepalese include 9,087 from Bagmati State, 6,479 from State 1, 5,409 from State 5, 5,211 from State 2, 4,169 from Gandaki State, 795 from Sudurpaschim State and 722 from Karnali State.
Nepal Airlines and Himalaya Airlines and various foreign airlines ferried the stranded Nepalese to Nepal through chartered flights. Bodies of 16 Nepalese who died in foreign countries have been transported to Nepal on Monday alone, it has been said.
Nepal Airlines transported 15 bodies of Nepalis from Kuala Lumpur and Himalaya Airlines one from Kuala Lumpur, said the office at Tribhuvan International Airport. On July 18 and 19, four bodies of Nepalis who died in foreign countries were brought to Nepal.
Aircrafts of Nepal Airlines and Himalaya Airlines have flown to Doha, Riyadh and Dammam to rescue stranded Nepalese there, said the office at TIA, adding that the airlines are scheduled to operate eight flights on Tuesday to foreign countries to rescue stranded Nepalese there.

Published Date: Monday, July 20th, 2020 | 01:56 PM

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