Some of the Indian fishermen stranded in Iran
Some of the Indian fishermen stranded in Iran

The Lede Impact: 1000 Fishermen In Iran Get Food

Following The Lede’s report, the Indian Ambassador to Iran acts to provide food to fishermen stranded in Coronavirus-hit Iran

Rejimon Kuttappan

Rejimon Kuttappan

The Indian embassy in Coronavirus-hit Iran has arranged food for the Indian fishermen who were stranded without enough food at Chiruyeh in Hormozgan province in Iran.

On Monday afternoon, The Lede had reported a detailed story with exclusive videos revealing that some 1000 Indian fishermen are stranded without food in Iran as the flights flying out directly from Iran and connecting flights from neighbouring countries have stopped its operations.

Talking to The Lede, the fishermen had detailed their worrisome situation, uncertainty over their return and requested the Indian government to evacuate them from Iran.

By Monday evening, the story was tweeted by Dr Shashi Tharoor, Thiruvananthapuram MP, with a detailed note tagging Indian Minister of External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar and Iranian Foreign Minister Javed Zarif.

Tharoor had requested the Indian minister and Iranian minister for the urgent evacuation of the return of the Indian fishermen.

Responding to the tweet by late in the evening, Dhamu Gaddam, the Indian ambassador in Iran, tweeted - “Video recd from Indian fishermen including from Kerala - enough food stocks. Officials from Indian Consulate in Bandar Abbas are meeting them tomorrow.”

The Indian ambassador tagged Dr Tharoor, Dr Jaishankar and The Lede correspondent in his tweet.

Earlier, the Indian embassy in Iran had also tweeted that #Embassy is in regular touch with Indians in #Iran, including pilgrims, students & the Indian community, & advising them to follow all health protocols amid the outbreak of #COVID-19 in Iran.

Talking to The Lede, the workers said that they have got food and they are waiting to hear about their return.

"We are thankful for the food. But at the same time, we are anxious about our return," Wilson, a worker told The Lede.

Last Friday, Indian civil aviation had suspended all flight operations of Mahan Air and Iran Air to India because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Mahan Air and Iran Air were the two Iranian airlines that operate several weekly flights to Indian cities of Mumbai and New Delhi.

And additionally, many airlines, especially those flying from Arab Gulf countries to Iran, have halted their services. Indians mainly depended on those connection flights.

Meanwhile, according to World Health Organisation data, the death toll in Iran due to Coronavirus has touched 66, which is the largest outside China.

According to Iran state radio, a member of a council that advises Iran’s Supreme Leader died on March 02 after falling sick from the Coronavirus, becoming the first top official to succumb to the illness that is affecting members of Iran.

Expediency Council member Mohammad Mirmohammadi died at a Tehran hospital of the virus, the Iran state radio said. He was 71.

Iran's confirmed cases leaped by 523 from the previous day to 1501, said Iran’s Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi.

The UN World Health Organisation on Monday has sent its first planeload of assistance to help fight coronavirus in Iran.

Globally, the deadly coronavirus, which has spread to more than 70 countries, is wreaking havoc, killing over 3000 people and infecting almost 90,000 people since first detected in China in December last year.

While Australia and the US reported their first deaths, Italy has reported 34 and South Korea 22.

Meanwhile, India on Monday reported two fresh cases of the deadly coronavirus— one in Delhi and another in Telangana.

According to reports, the person from Delhi had traveled to Italy, and he is being treated at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

The other person with the infection has a travel history to Dubai.

The patients who were admitted in Kerala with Coronavirus infection, a few weeks ago, were discharged from the following recovery.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, the Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan advised people to refrain from non-essential travel to Iran, Italy, South Korea, and Singapore. He said both the patients had self-reported after they developed symptoms like respiratory problems, cough, and fever. "They have tested positive. They are stable and being closely monitored.”

The health minister further said the Indian government is in discussion with Iran and Italian authorities to evacuate Indians there.

Vardhan, who held a meeting of ministers constituted to monitor coronavirus in India, said the country has already suspended e-visas and visas issued to Iranian and Chinese nationals over the rising number of confirmed Coronavirus patients in these countries. "Depending on the evolving situation, visa restrictions may be extended to other countries," he added.

The minister also added that a total of 5,57,431 passengers have been screened at airports and 12,431 at major and minor seaports so far.

He also informed that around 1,024,922 people have been screened in the villages of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Sikkim bordering Nepal.

Meanwhile, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) came out with a report on Monday evening that the global economy is set to grow only 2.4% this year, the lowest since 2009 and down from a forecast of 2.9% in November.

OECD, a Paris-based policy forum, adds that, if the virus spreads throughout Asia, Europe, and North America, global growth could drop as low as 1.5% this year.

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