SEPANG (Bernama) – A group of 11 Malaysian students, who were stranded for five days in Awantipora, 30km from Srinagar, because of the devastating floods that hit Jammu & Kashmir state in India, arrived safely at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) here yesterday.
The students of the Manipal Medical Campus, Karnataka, had anticipated a beautiful one-week holiday in Srinagar, renowned for its gardens, lakes and boat houses, before returning home for a one-month semester break.
However, they were forced to turn back after arriving at Srinagar, the capital of Jammu & Kashmir, when it was inundated by floods after travelling for 11 hours from Karnataka on Sept 2.
More unfortunately, they were stranded in Awantipora, a Muslim village on a high elevation since Saturday while attempting to make their way to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.
One of the students, Nur Hakimah Azhar, 21, said after five days there they boarded an army truck to an army camp and were flown by helicopter to the airport.
Norhasnidar Wati, 21 (L) and Norhakimah Azhar, 21, two of 11 Malaysian students who study medicine in India and were stranded for five days in Awantipora, 30km from Srinagar arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 ( KLIA2 ) in Sepang, Sept 11 – AFP