24-hour control room set up for info on Indians stranded in Iraq; check phone numbers

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Jun 18 2014, 02:18am hrs
The government today set up a round-the-clock control room to provide information to families of Indians stranded in violence-hit areas of Iraq.

"In view of the prevailing security situation in Iraq and to provide information to all concerned, a 24-hour Control Room has been set up in the Ministry of External Affairs," the Ministry said.

Earlier, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson said government was monitoring the situation on an hourly basis and was in touch with Iraqi government.

Around 46 nurses are stranded in Tikrit, besides nearly 40 other Indians in Mosul. Insurgent outfits have seized the two cities.

The phone numbers of the control room are +91 11 2301 2113 +91 11 2301 7905, +91 11 2301 4104 while its email address is controlroom@mea.gov.in.

The Indian Embassy in Baghdad has already set up a a 24-hour helpline to offer assistance to Indian nationals there.

Over 10,000 Indians are estimated to be currently living in Iraq.

Earlier in the day, Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs Anil Wadhwa met the Iraqi Ambassador Ahmad Tahsin Ahmad Berwari and both of them discussed the possibilities of ground-level cooperation in assisting Indian nationals in violence-affected areas.