With thousands of citizens of India stranded abroad desperate to get back to their homes or work in foreign countries, the Indian civil aviation ministry’s website crashed due to the volumes of hits it is getting from people to know about the special flights.
The panicked Indian citizens abroad rushed to register for a repatriation of almost 15,000 nationals from 12 countries on planes and naval ships.
In total, 64 flights will bring Indians home from the Gulf region, while others will operate from Southeast Asia, Britain and the United States.
Indian media quoted civil aviation minister Hardeep Puri as saying that 200,000 Indians abroad had registered for repatriation and that the final number could be twice that.
About the website crash, the ministry of civil aviation tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that its “website is down due to unprecedented traffic and urged people to check the website of Air India, which is operating the flights, for details.
The MoCA website is down due to unprecedented traffic. Team NIC is working on it. Details regarding evacuation flights will be put up on the Air India website soon. Kindly check there directly. Our apologies for the inconvenience caused.
— MoCA_GoI (@MoCA_GoI) May 6, 2020