Imphal: A youth from Manipur’s Mapao Zingtun village in Senapati district has been reportedly stranded in the Republic of Kazakhstan for the last seven days after the connecting flight from South Korea got stuck in Almaty following the closure of the airport.

For several days, flight services at Almaty has been disrupted due to the volatile political crisis provoked by the doubling of LPG prices in Kazakhstan.

As per reports in local media, Luiramsing Zimik, who is studying Theology at Hoseo University in South Korea’s Seoul, was returning to India via Kazakhstan on January 5 on an Asiana OZ 577 flight. He was supposed to leave for New Delhi the following day, on January 6, by Air Asiana KC 907. However, his flight got cancelled due to the closure of the airport at Almaty.

On January 5, Almaty airport in Kazakhastan was reportedly overrun by anti-government protestors forcing flights to be cancelled. Later, the airport was retaken by government security forces.

There was no prior information about the closure of the airport at Almaty. Only after arriving at the airport did Zimik and other passengers came to know that flight services were suspended owing to the crisis, the reports said. 

Back home in Manipur, his family is concerned over his safety and has sought the intervention of the central government.

The family has written to the ministry of external affairs, MP RK Ranjan from Manipur, requesting to intervene and evacuate their stranded son safely as soon as possible.

Citizens of other nationalities stranded in the central Asian country were reportedly picked up by their respective embassies, while Zimik is stuck at a hotel in Almaty.

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