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85 Indian students in Italian city send SOS | India News


JAIPUR: Around 85 Indian students stranded for a week in the university city of Pavia, in the region of Lombardy, in northern Italy, which has reported 17 coronavirus deaths in recent days, have sent an SOS in search of evacuation as soon as possible. Some of these students were booked on flights to India that were canceled following the new cases of coronaviruses that were reported in Italy.

The panic among students has increased since a member of the non-teaching faculty of the engineering department of the University of Pavia tested positive for coronavirus. Around 15 other staff members have been quarantined.

Students in Italy fear that the situation will get worse

Half of us had booked tickets to return to India, but flights are canceled every day and new tickets are prohibitively expensive, ”Ankita KS, a Bangalore student who graduated in international business and entrepreneurship, told TOI. “The grocery stores here are quickly running out of stock. We fear that the situation will get worse and, therefore, we ask the government of India to intervene. ”

Of the 85 Indian students trapped in Pavia, 25 are from Telangana, 20 from Karnataka, 15 from Tamil Nadu, four from Kerala, two from Delhi and one from Rajasthan, Gurgaon and Dehradun. Around 65 of them study engineering.

Industrial automation student Purushoth Kumar Madhu will fly to India on March 10, but the uncertainty about whether the flight will operate is making him nervous. “I have been told that most flights across the Gulf are being canceled. The quarantined Indians upon arrival at Indian airports for 10-15 days is another concern, ”he said.

Times of India