Two from Karnataka among 8 stranded at London airport after flights cancelled


Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (SB)

London, Mar 28: Eight passengers from India including two from Uttar Kannada are stranded at Heathrow International Airport. They were in transit and were travelling to India when the country suddenly stopped inbound flights due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The eight passengers including an infant and a child boarded flight from Huston on March 18. They boarded a connecting flight from Atlanta Airport and reached Heathrow International Airport on March 19.Speaking to Daijiworld, Ganapathi Shanbhag, a senior citizen and among the passengers stranded said, “We had boarded the 8:30 am flight from Huston and were travelling to India via Heathrow, London, when the Centre made the announcement to cancel all flights from foreign countries. As soon as we realized what had happened, we tried to get in touch with the Indian High Commissioner in London. Yet, we did not receive any positive response from embassy.

My wife and I are suffering from diabetes and the medicines we are carrying are exhausted. The money we brought as travel expense is exhausted and we are struggling to buy food. Today, the airport officials shifted us into a hotel connected to the airport. But everything in hotel is chargeable and we without money can’t buy a bottle of water. Hour by hour, I and my wife are moving close to death. Our fellow passengers are also in big trouble. It is our kind request to the Indian government to rescue us from here. We hope our request will reach the government,” he said.

Among the stranded passengers, four are from Varanasi, two from Mumbai and two from Kumta, Karnataka. It is also learnt that yesterday they were shifted to Hotel Hilton Garden Inn.

 

  

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  • Rajiv P, Mysore

    Mon, Mar 30 2020

    Govt has to help in some way. And I hope they will get help from some end. God bless them. People who are opposing in this blog need to think if their family were in the same place then whether they were telling the same thing. Yes off course labour class people need help. But that doesn't mean these NRI people has to be left alone. Let them come and go to hospital directly.

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  • Shyam, Bengaluru

    Mon, Mar 30 2020

    Problem is money now government should think of helping with money rather than bribing them to India

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  • Sunil K, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    The Indian government is equally responsible and should have proactively closed all incoming flights during from February itself. The only exception would be those students rescued out of Wuhan and people on visit or travel visas in other countries with absolutely no place to stay.

    I don't know why these people from Houston decided to come to India - if they have a home in the US then let them go back there. And with the migrants situation within India - the Central and State have created a similar situation - absolutely no pre-planning or co-ordination.

    Its time PM Modi sacks his advisors who have created this situation

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  • V Hegde, Derebail Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 30 2020

    Unfortunately such suggestions come after the event.

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  • Peshu, Manipal

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Totally irresponsible people...he knew it well about his health conditions what heck he was doing there till the last minute.
    Send back to Houston...don't bring 2 more viruses to our Karnataka.

    Lots of young kids are losing their education and exams

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  • Ozy, Surathkal

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Don't worry about them, worry to the labourers who can't reach home and facing police brutality.

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  • swati, mang/dxb

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    let them stay home there. they will be safe. govt has to focus on poor people of India rather than thinking about these few hundreds of rich people. they can still manage somehow.

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  • Greeshma, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Hope they get some help.. they are at so much risk..

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  • s k mangalore, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Modi hey toh sub mumkin hein...believe it..definately govt will help you....

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  • Agee, Indian - UAE

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    🙏Lord save us from this pandemic

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  • Alex, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 28 2020

    Who ever gets into International travel at this time, specially after March 15 are really irresponsible.
    Atlanta is in US and US has stopped all International flights from March 11th to Europe and 13th to UK, Ireland .
    How did they travel.

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