Coronavirus outbreak: 300 Kashmiri students stranded in Iran await evacuation
Feb 27: More than 300 Kashmiri students studying in Iran have been left
stranded as New Delhi has canceled all flights to and from Tehran following the
outbreak of Coronavirus.
novel Coronavirus outbreak, which was first reported from Wuhan, has now spread
to various countries including Iran with over 2,600 deaths reported from China
alone while nearly a million have been infected.
the last two weeks, all the educational institutions are shut in Iran . More
than 300 Kashmiri students are confined to their hostels as they allege that no
effort has been made for their evacuation.
Maqbool, a Kashmiri student pursuing MBBS in Tehran University, said
authorities have told them to go back to their respective countries.
are living in constant fear. There are around 150 Kashmiri students at our
university. We are running out of stocks,” he said
of Kashmiri students are worried about their children as flights have been
canceled by the authorities.
Rashid Parry, whose son is pursuing MBBS in Tehran University, said they are
worried about the safety of their children. “All the flights from Iran were
canceled on Wednesday and the students are stuck there. The government should
make efforts to bring the stranded students back safely,” he said
up to the crisis, the Indian embassy in Tehran has issued an advisory for
Indian nationals residing in Iran asking them to maintain proper hygiene.
embassy is in touch with the local authorities in Iran and all Indians residing
in Iran. All Indians are requested to observe necessary hygiene including
wearing a mask and avoiding going to crowded places, and public gathering,” the
the embassy has also started an emergency helpline for the Indian nationals
based in Iran. “Those who wish to enquire further can contact us on
[email protected] or +98-9128109115”, the embassy said
district administration has also set up a helpline for the students residing in
students in Tehran may contact the embassy helpline. Given a large number of
requests and emails, our helpline +919419028251 (Srinagar/Kashmir) will be
functional 24*7 for any assistance. Thankful to @MEAIndia for the prompt
response,” tweeted Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, District Commissioner, Srinagar.