By A Staff Reporter Kathmandu, June 6: Seventy four days after the lockdown and travel restriction imposed by the government owing to COVID-19 pandemic, the first lot of 195 stranded Nepali citizens and a body arrived in Kathmandu on Friday. Two international flights from Myanmar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport on Friday. The air force of Myanmar government landed at the TIA at 11:00 am, carrying 26 Nepali citizens. Those rescued from Myanmar were kept in a holding centre arranged at Yeti party venue, Basundhara, until their COVID-19 related health check-up completes. Of those rescued from Myanmar, four each are from State 1 and Gandaki, 17 from Bagmati State and one from State 5. Buses of the Nepali Army reached the TIA to take the rescued Nepali citizens to the holding centre, Nepali Army spokesperson and Brigadier General Bigyan Dev Pandey said. As per the guideline
prepared by the CCMC-Ops, all the rescued Nepalis were provided SIM cards free of cost for their contact tracing following their departure from the holding centre to their district-based quarantines. They should also need to fill up forms showing personal details during their stay at the holding centre. Medical facilities were also arranged at the holding centre. Meanwhile, 169 Nepalis and a body arrived in Kathmandu from the UAE Friday evening at 5:38 p.m. According to Chandra Lal Karna, director and spokesperson at the TIA, Air Arabia flight landed at the TIA 5:38 p.m. carrying 169 passengers and one body. Those arriving home from UAE are 46 of State No. 1, 23 of State No. 2, 37 of Bagmati State, 23 each of Gandaki State and State No. 5, four of Karnali State and 12 of Sudurpaschim State and a child. Migrant workers’ flight tickets were managed by the companies themselves. Nepali Army has managed nine holding centres in three districts of the Kathmandu Valley for keeping the airlifted people temporarily before sending them to their hometowns.