December 4, 2022

Op Ganga: With 3000 airlifted today, above 13000 Indians brought back to India

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New Delhi, Under ‘Operation Ganga’ to rescue Indian citizens, about 3,000 Indians were airlifted on March 5 by 15 special flights from Ukraine’s neighbouring countries. These included 12 special civilian and three Indian Air Force (IAF) flights.

With this, more than 13 thousand seven hundred Indians have been brought back since the special flights began on February 22. The number of Indians brought back by 55 special civilian flights goes up to 11,728. Till date, the IAF has flown 10 sorties to bring back 2,056 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 on March 4 from the Hindan air base, landed back at Hindan on March 5 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 during morning on March 5, while flight from Kosice to New Delhi is expected to arrive late in the evening. Today’s civilian flights included five from Budapest, four from Suceva, one from Kosice and two from Rzeszow.

Tomorrow, 11 special flights are expected to operate from Budapest, Kosice, Rzeszow and Bucharest, bringing in more than 2,200 Indians back home.

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