A record 108 pregnant women and 148 people with medical emergencies were among the repatriates on board three flights from the UAE to India on Saturday, May 16, as the Vande Bharat Mission entered the second phase of evacuation operations.
While the Indian mission in Dubai focused on flying pregnant women home, the embassy in Abu Dhabi prioritised medical emergency cases and those who lost their employment as all three flights left for Kerala.
There were 75 pregnant women flown out from Dubai to Kochi; 18 from Abu Dhabi to Thiruvananthapuram; and 15 from the Capital to Kozhikode.
Thirty-five repatriates with medical issues were able to leave from Dubai and from Abu Dhabi, 63 were bound for Thiruvananthapuram and 50 for Kozhikode sectors. Two flights from Abu Dhabi also had 162 passengers who lost their jobs.