News : Indian Embassy Helpline Flooded with Rescue Calls
Hyderabad, July 3, 2014 -- The helpline set up by the Indian embassy in Baghdad has been receiving many calls for rescue. Travel documents of more than 800 people have been readied so that they can be brought back to India from different parts of Iraq.
The ministry of external affairs issued a travel advisory for Indian nationals in Iraq and the Indian Embassy in Baghdad has opened six camp offices at Najaf, Karbala and Basra for assisting Indians with travel documents and paper work. Instructions to the workers have been issued in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Urdu and Hindi. Two officials from Hyderabad have been posted at Basra and Najaf to assist in Telugu.
Srinivas Rao, a Telugu-speaking official assisting people in Najaf, Iraq, said that there are over 200 Telugu speaking people in Najaf. "The city so far has been peaceful. We have already issued a total of 800 to 1,000 documents for Indians to return to the country.
Most of the men are construction workers and most of the women are nurses," he said adding "We get over 100 calls every day. Some call for help, some call to enquire about their family."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Monday, July 7, 2014