A C-130J transport aircraft of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) carrying the Bangladeshi citizens landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka ISPR
339 US citizens set to leave Bangladesh
Seventy Bangladesh nationals, who were stranded in the Maldives due to travel restrictions enforced amid the coronavirus pandemic, have returned home.
A C-130J transport aircraft of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) carrying the Bangladeshi citizens landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 5:22 pm on Tuesday.
The Inter-Services Public Relations Directorate (ISPR) confirmed the matter through a press release on Tuesday.
According to the ISPR statement, the mission was organized by a 15-member crew from the air force, led by Group Captain Md Enamul Haque.
A 10-member medical team also took the flight in order to provide coronavirus-related medical care to Bangladeshi nationals residing in the country.
Dhaka airport Director Group Captain AHM Touhid-ul Ahsan said: “They were sent to home quarantine after screening at the airport.”
Previously on Monday, the same BAF aircraft transported 71 Maldivians from Dhaka to their country, as a gesture of friendship by the Bangladesh government.
339 US citizen set to leave Dhaka
Meanwhile, 339 more US citizens are waiting to leave Bangladesh to go home.
A special flight, carrying 367 US nationals, was originally scheduled to leave at 6 pm on Tuesday. However, due to weight issues, the flight is now going to fly with 339 passengers.
MD Sohel Kamruzzaman, assistant director (admin) of the Civil Aviation of Authority Bangladesh (CAAB), confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.
The US Embassy in Dhaka has organized hotel accommodation for the 28 passengers who will now wait for the next special flight to leave Dhaka.
Previously, the US Embassy conducted three special flights to help their citizens in Bangladesh to return to their country as part of their response to the global challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic.
As of Tuesday, Bangladesh has recorded 3,382 confirmed cases of Covid-19, a pandemic announced by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Among the 3,382 patients, 110 have died from the disease.
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