Six Malayali families rescued from Libya return home

Thursday, May 12, 2016,12:32 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kochi | Six Malayali families, rescued after being stranded in strife-torn Libya, have arrived at the Kochi International Airport in Nedumbassery Thursday.

Eighteen Malayalis, including nurses who were working in Libya, and 11 people from Tamilnadu, first arrived in Dubai through Istanbul. From there, the first batch proceeded to Nedumbassery, and the second batch boarded a flight to Chennai.

The Malayali families, which included 11 children, reached by 8.30 am.

Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had claimed that the central government provided assistance to return them home.

But some nurses told reporters at Nedumbassery airport that the Central Government did nothing to bring them back.

They said they did not get any help despite contacting the office of the Kerala Chief Minister and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj many times.

One of them said the families were crammed into three rooms with their children while they were stranded in Libya after their visas were expired.

One nurse said they stayed in the house of a technician in the hospital that came under attack.

They said they had to buy air tickets at their own. When reporters brought this to a NORKA official’s attention, he said the Government will reimburse the ticket charge.