Greater than 5,200 Indian nationals died in nations in West Asia and East Asia amid the Covid-19 pandemic between February and August, with the best possible choice of deaths recorded in Saudi Arabia, the federal government knowledgeable Parliament on Wednesday.
In a written respond to a query in Lok Sabha, minister of state for exterior affairs V Muraleedharan stated, “As in step with the tips to be had with the ministry, all the way through Covid-19 pandemic, from February 1 to August 15, 2020, 5,286 instances of deaths of Indian nationals had been reported within the Gulf and East Asian nations.”
It used to be no longer right away transparent from the answer how most of the deaths had been because of Covid-19 infections. The questioner, Indian Union Muslim League’s MP Ok Navaskani, had sought the overall choice of deaths of Indian other people in Gulf and East Asian nations all the way through the pandemic.
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The exterior affairs ministry facilitated the transportation of one,807 our bodies of Indian nationals from West Asian and East Asian nations, whilst the remaining rites had been carried out in the community in step with the needs of households in some instances, Muraleedharan stated.
The best possible choice of deaths – 2,360 – had been reported in Saudi Arabia, adopted via the United Arab Emirates (1,441), Kuwait (694), Oman (336), Qatar (238), Bahrain (176), China (20) and Japan (14), in step with figures equipped via the minister.
In keeping with every other query, Muraleedharan stated 8 resident Indians had been underneath quarantine within the UAE, whilst greater than 6,000 Indians had been stranded in Iran because of the pandemic.
“In Iran, as in step with to be had knowledge, there are over 6,000 Indian nationals, together with about 1,100 pilgrims basically from the Union territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir and the state of Maharashtra, just about 300 scholars essentially from Jammu and Kashmir, about 1,000 fishermen, together with from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, and others who’re on long-term keep in Iran for pursuing their livelihood and spiritual research,” he stated.
The federal government made focussed efforts for the protected go back of Indians stranded in Iran and as of March 16, a complete of 389 Indians, together with 205 pilgrims and 183 scholars, had been repatriated in 4 batches on particular flights of the Indian Air Drive and Iranian airways, he added.
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“Our consulate in Bandar Abbas has reached out to Indian fishermen who’re dwelling basically within the southern provinces of Iran. They’re in just right well being and feature enough provision of very important provides. Efforts are being made to facilitate early go back of the Indian nationals stranded in Iran after checking out them,” Muraleedharan stated.
Replying to every other query, the minister stated as of September 11, greater than 1.three million Indians had returned to India from quite a lot of nations underneath the Vande Bharat Venture. India additionally assisted within the repatriation of greater than 110,000 nationals of greater than 120 nations who had been stranded all the way through the Covid-19 lockdown, he stated.