More than 13 700 hundred Indians have been brought back by special flights.
Under ‘Operation Ganga’ to rescue Indian citizens, 15 special flights from Ukraine’s neighbouring countries have airlifted about 3000 Indians on Saturday (March 5). These included 12 special civilian and 3 IAF flights. With this, more than 13 700 Indians have been brought back since the special flights began on 22nd February 2022. The number of Indians brought back by 55 special civilian flights goes up to 11728. To date, the IAF has flown 10 sorties to bring back 2056 passengers while taking 26 tonnes of relief load to these countries as part of Op Ganga.
Three C-17 heavy-lift transport aircraft of the IAF, which had taken off yesterday from the Hindan airbase, landed back at Hindan on Saturday morning. These flights evacuated 629 Indian nationals from Romania, Slovakia and Poland. These flights also carried 16.5 tonnes of relief load from India to these countries. All Civilian flights, except one, had landed on Saturday morning, while the flight from Kosice to New Delhi is expected to arrive late in the evening. Today’s civilian flights included 5 from Budapest, 4 from Suceava, 1 from Kosice and 2 from Rzeszow. Tomorrow, 11 special flights are expected to operate from Budapest, Kosice, Rzeszow and Bucharest, bringing in more than 2200 Indians back home. (PIB)