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Canada More than 15,000 Canadian citizens stranded in India, including Liberal MP's mom

00:45  25 march  2020
00:45  25 march  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

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More than 15 , 000 Canadian passport holders are currently registered with Global Affairs Canada as being in India , according to the federal government. The 15 , 000 number does not account for citizens who have not registered or who are permanent residents Surrey MP ' s mom also stranded .

(Yawar Nazir/Getty Images). More than 15 , 000 Canadian passport holders have registered with the Foreign Affairs Department as being stranded in The 15 , 000 number does not account for citizens who have not registered or who are permanent residents — it is estimated there could be thousands

A man with a protective mask walks on a deserted road, amid a nationwide lockdown over highly contagious novel coronavirus on Tuesday in New Delhi. © Yawar Nazir/Getty Images A man with a protective mask walks on a deserted road, amid a nationwide lockdown over highly contagious novel coronavirus on Tuesday in New Delhi.

More than 15,000 Canadian passport holders have registered with the Foreign Affairs Department as being stranded in India, and as of Tuesday the federal government has no repatriation flights scheduled.

India has closed its airspace and imposed a 21-day lockdown, preventing people from leaving their homes. The new measures come after a spike in cases in recent days. Those who are stuck say the restrictions make it impossible for them to get to the airports in New Delhi and Mumbai.

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Up to 150 Canadians — including citizens and permanent residents — were denied boarding last minute, because Air India staff apparently misunderstood To date, Global Affairs Canada says 92 flights have returned from India , bringing over 15 , 000 citizens and permanent residents home.

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"We're frustrated, because we hear how the Canadian government is doing everything they can to get Canadians back, and I can tell you that that is not the case right now," Ottawa resident Debbie Lavigne said Tuesday.

The federal government said Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne has been in touch with the Indian government and is working to bring people home, but the details of what is being done aren't known.

The 15,000 number does not account for citizens who have not registered or who are permanent residents — it is estimated there could be thousands more who are trying to return.

Lavigne, who is in Goa, India, said she and her daughter have been calling the Canadian Embassy in New Delhi non-stop and sending emails to Canada's emergency watch and response centre — at sos@international.gc.ca — but have received no answers.

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The Canadian High Commission in India has already organised 7 flights from different Indian cities back to Canada to rescue citizens of the country stranded here. According to rough estimates, there are around 9000 Canadian permanent residents and citizens stuck in India . Read More News on.

More than 15 , 000 already repatriated. In an email, Global Affairs Canada did confirm that Sunday' s flight was "not run under the auspices of the High Commission of Canada in India " and that passengers do not require any authorization to take relief flights. Takhar, with the volunteer group Bring

"We actually managed to get a live person, and they advised us to follow tweets and the news. We just need to be reassured to know that somebody is looking out for us," she said.

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Spring is a time when thousands of Canadians head to India to visit family and friends, often staying for a month at a time and most typically in the Punjab region. Many of them are also elderly, and families at home are concerned about their health.

Ravi Gill, who is working tirelessly with a group of people in Surrey, B.C., to bring people home, said a lot of the older folks are insulin-dependent or on other medications but don't have enough supplies beyond their planned return dates.

"They're pretty much snowbirds. Other people go to Arizona, Florida, but a lot of people in our community go to India. It's difficult for our government to make choices, but we're asking them to help," Gill said.

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Gill is trying to lobby the government to do more, but every day he's growing more frustrated. He questions why repatriation flights have been sent in to other countries with far fewer Canadians stranded, but those in India have been left behind.

"There are young children in our family who are also stuck in India and are terrified at being locked into homes," he said.

"They have witnessed police using sticks and pulling people off scooters to force them back home. This is a very traumatic experience for them."

He's collecting names and information and has started this Facebook page for people seeking help. Canadians are also advised to register with Foreign Affairs.

Surrey MP's mom also stranded

Surrey-Newton Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal's 80-year-old mother is among those stranded in India. Dhaliwal said he, too, is putting pressure on Champagne, but he doesn't believe it will be easy to bring Canadians home any time soon.

"Because India has shut down the airfield, we are trying to get an access to the airfield, and also the prime minister has talked to the CEO of both airlines, Air Canada as well as WestJet."

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a man smiling for the camera: Surrey-Newton Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal's 80-year-old mother is among those stranded in India. © James Mulleder/CBC Surrey-Newton Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal's 80-year-old mother is among those stranded in India.

Dhaliwal said those who are stuck may need to be patient and wait it out.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made it clear the total country lockdown will be enforced.

"To save India, to save its every citizen, you, your family … every street, every neighbourhood is being put under lockdown. We will have to pay the economic cost of this, but [it] is the responsibility of everyone."

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