Shillong: Twenty-nine students from Meghalaya have so far safely returned to India from war-hit Ukraine till Thursday, while some of the students who are awaiting evacuation are stuck in different countries – Hungary, Romania and Poland, an official said.
Meghalaya Resident Commissioner in New Delhi, P. Sampath Kumar said that eleven more students arrived at the national capital on Thursday afternoon and they are expected to arrive in Meghalaya by Friday.
He said there are 12 students from Meghalaya who are “awaiting flight confirmation to India” under Operation Ganga. “Some of the students who are awaiting evacuation are stuck in different countries – Hungary, Romania and Poland – surrounding Ukraine,” Kumar said.
“One student is enroute to the border. He is with his relatives and they are safe. He informed us that he doesn’t need assistance for now,” the Resident Commissioner said. He said another student’s location is yet to be confirmed as the phone number given is not reachable while the parent’s number given is wrong and belongs to someone in Kerala.
“The Joint Resident Commissioner Meghalaya House, New Delhi is in contact with the Resident Commissioner’s office, Kerala Bhavan for verification,” Kumar added.
Meanwhile, most of the students who arrived at New Delhi have reached their home in Meghalaya or are on their way. Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma appreciated the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of External Affairs for the efforts made to evacuate Indian students trapped in Ukraine.