Students arrived at Karipur airport | Photo: Twitter/Karipur International Airport
Kochi/Karipur/Thiruvananthapuram: Airport authorities arranged a heartwarming welcome for the students who reached Kerala from Ukraine on Sunday. Among the students who reached Mumbai and Delhi on Saturday as part of 'Operation Ganga', 82 Malayali students were brought to Kerala on four flights. Among them, 56 students arrived from Delhi airport and 26 students from Mumbai airport. Parents and friends reached airports to receive them.
30 Malayali medical students were there in the first batch of evacuees who arrived in Delhi on Sunday at 2.45 am. Another flight reached from Budapest with 27 Kerala students by 9 am and the rest of the students landed on the third flight at 5 pm from Bucharest.
The students returned to the state under the supervision of NORKA. The Chief Minister had declared that the state will bear the flight cost to Kerala of those who reach Mumbai and Delhi airports.
The students shared their concerns over the safety of those who are stranded in Ukraine and said that the Union and Kerala governments have intervened timely for the evacuation.
Many Indians managed to reach the borders of Romania, as directed by the Indian government. However, many others remain trapped in Ukraine. A group of around 250 students have been staying in the basement of their college hostel in Mykolaiv for the last four days without sufficient water, food or electricity.