Indians stranded in Nigeria beg their government to let them return home

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Some expatriates in Nigeria are begging the government of India to allow them return home

They have chartered a flight that will convey them home but they need a landing permit from the government of their country

The expatriates are scared of contracting COVID-19 as the cases keep increasing in Nigeria

Indian expatriates in Nigeria are pleading with the government of their country to give them landing permit for a chartered flight so they could return home.

The group of 200 Keralites are scared as Nigeria’s coronavirus cases keep increasing on a daily basis.

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Among the group are pregnant women, children, elderly people with comorbidity, those who have lost their jobs and those whose visas have expired in the last three months, The Indian Express reports.

Leakblast gathered that the representative of the group, Dr Arun Gangadhar, said they have a deal with Air Peace Airline to evacuate out of the country.

Indians stranded in Nigeria beg their government to let them return home
Passengers deboarding from Air India Express flight IX 474 from Bahrain at Kochi airport on Friday, May 15.

According to him, the group has handed over a letter from the airline to the Indian high commission for approval.

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He said: “They acknowledged the letter and said they will get back to us. We have also sent copies to the Kerala health department which has forwarded it to the Covid war-room at the Centre. Till date, we haven’t got a response.”

Dr Gangadhar said said isolation facilities in Nigeria are not satisfactory, adding that the health system is not equipped to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.

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He said: “The general situation in Nigeria is very bad. About 61 per cent of the cases being reported here have no epidemiological links which points to community transmission. Soon the cases will peak. The government’s isolation facilities are not satisfactory and the health system is not equipped to handle the pandemic.”

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