Running short of food and water: Indian students plead authorities for early evacuation
New Delhi : A group of eight Indian students studying at the Wuhan University have pleaded Indian authorities for their quick evacuation as they are running short of food and water amid the city lockdown due to wide spread coronavirus.
The Indian Embassy in China has contacted the students and have assured them of all possible assistance during the hard time. The students are scared as the virus is quicky gripping the city.
The stranded students belong to Assam, Delhi, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir.
Gaurav Nath, a 22-year-old student from Assam who is pursuing Material Science and Engineering from the university, told ANI over the phone from Wuhan that they were facing problems due to lockdown as shops and transport systems were closed.
"Due to the coronavirus outbreak in the city, we have been advised to stay indoors. Hence we are stuck in our dormitory (on the campus). We are being allowed to go out for only two hours a day to buy essentials but there is a lockdown in the city. All the shops and transport systems are closed. There is a shortage of essentials and we will soon run out of food and water," he said.
"The Indian embassy in China is in constant touch with us for the rescue. We appeal to the Indian government to rescue us at the earliest," he added.
Wuhan has been facing the lockdown from at least two weeks with no transportation working and advisories to people to stay inside the houses.
Meanwhile, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday approved Air India flight to Wuhan for the evacuation of Indian citizens from the coronavirus-hit Chinese city.
An Air Indian Boeing 747 has been kept on standby for the evacuation of Indian citizens from Wuhan.
The death toll in China has risen to 108 due to the virus while more than 4000 people have been diagnosed with it.
The virus has also spread to some other countries including France, where three cases have been reported so far.