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Operation Ganga: India begins 'last leg' for evacuation, asks its citizens to reach Budapest

By Shgun S -- March 06, 2022 3:34 pm -- Updated:March 06, 2022 3:34 pm

Budapest (Hungary), March 6: Indian Embassy on Sunday said that the last leg of 'Operation Ganga' has begun and asked all the stranded Indian nationals to reach the Hungarian City Center in Budapest between 10 am-12 pm.

"Important Announcement: Embassy of India begins its last leg of Operation Ganga flights today. All those students staying in their OWN accommodation ( other than arranged by Embassy) are requested to reach @Hungariacitycentre , Rakoczi Ut 90, Budapest between 10 am-12 pm," read a tweet by Indian Embassy in Hungary. 

Meanwhile, the Indian Embassy in Kiev also urged its nationals who are still in conflict-torn Ukraine to register themselves for the evacuation process under 'Operation Ganga'. "All Indian nationals who still remain in Ukraine are requested to fill up the details contained in the attached Google Form on an URGENT BASIS," Indian Embassy in Ukraine tweeted.

India kicks off 'last leg' of Operation Ganga

Further, the Ministry of External Affairs in its daily briefing informed that around 13,300 people returned to India from Ukraine so far by 63 flights under 'Operation Ganga'. 15 flights carrying around 2,900 have landed in the last 24 hours, it added.

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India kicks off 'last leg' of Operation Ganga

"A total of 15 flights have landed in the last 24 hours with around 2,900 onboard. Approximately 13,300 people returned to India so far by 63 flights under 'Operation Ganga', and 13 flights are scheduled for the next 24 hours," MEA official spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated.

MEA on Saturday had informed that almost all Indians have left Kharkiv city of Ukraine and the main focus of the government is to evacuate citizens from Sumy, which is challenging amid ongoing conflict and lack of transportation.

India kicks off 'last leg' of Operation Ganga

So far, 298 students have been evacuated from Pisochyn, he added.

"We will now be looking at how many are still in Ukraine. The Embassy will contact those who happen to be there but haven't registered... In nearby Pisochyn...we have moved (evacuated) 298 students, hoping to complete it by today," he said, adding that probably one Nepali citizen will be coming today (onboard the Indian flight), and Bangladeshi national is also expected later.

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-PTC News

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