A total of 87,055 Indians have returned back home from Singapore since May last year as part of the Vande Bharat Mission repatriation flights, the Indian High Commission said.
Among the reasons the Indians had to return home were job loss, family compulsion and deathS in family due to COVID-19 pandemic that has impacted the entire world since last year.
"From May last year to May 18, 629 Vande Bharat flights have ferried 87,055 passengers," the Indian High Commission in Singapore said in a statement.
On average, 180 Indians are flying back daily to India as part of the Vande Bharat Mission flights, with about 25 arrivals to Singapore each day, the media said, citing a statement issued by the Transport, Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Manpower Ministries of Singapore.
Vande Bharat is a programme by the Indian government to repatriate Indian nationals from around the world amidst the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Singapore has so far reported 61,799 cases of coronavirus while the deaths caused due to it stands at 32, according to John Hopkins University