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IAF planes bring back 155 stranded Indians from Nepal

An Indian Air Force aircraft on Saturday night brought back 55 stranded Indians, including four infants, from the earthquake-hit Nepal.

india Updated: Apr 26, 2015 01:39 IST
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Hindustan Times
Indian Air Force,earthquake-hit Nepal,National Disaster Response Force

Two Indian Air Force aircraft on Saturday night brought back 155 Indians, including four infants, from earthquake-hit Nepal.

The aircraft C-130J, which had earlier flown National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) members and relief materials from New Delhi to Kathmandu, landed in New Delhi with the first batch of 55 Indian evacuees at around 10.45pm, a defence ministry spokesperson said.

The second batch of 100 Indians arrived in IAF's C-17 aircraft landed at Palam airport at around 0020 hours, officials said.

Ministry of external affairs tweeted that two more batches were expected overnight on Saturday.

India had sent C-130J, IL-76 and C-17 planes to Kathmandu to ferry Indian nationals stuck in the Nepalese capital.

The IL-76 plane had flown 153 NDRF members along with 28 tonnes of relief material to Kathmanadu while the C-17 aircraft had carried 96 NDRF members with 15 tonnes of relief material.

Nepal was struck by the worst earthquake in 80 years, leaving nearly 1,500 people dead in flattened houses and buildings.

The quake measuring 7.9 on Richter scale, which was followed by 16 aftershocks of magnitude 4.5 or greater, striking heavy casualties in Kathmandu and injuring thousand others. Hundreds were feared missing across the country.

(With inputs from PTI)

First Published: Apr 25, 2015 23:33 IST