A Vietnam Airlines plane carrying another 184 Vietnamese workers from Libya arrived in Hanoi-based Noi Bai International Airport on Sunday, taking the number of Vietnamese workers fleeing the escalating fighting in the North African country to over 450 since July.
After getting off the plane, all the 184 people were asked to fill out their health declaration forms, a new regulation the Vietnamese Ministry of Health recently issued to prevent the deadly Ebola virus disease, a viral hemorrhagic fever that has claimed nearly 1,000 people in West Africa so far this year.
A total of 455 Vietnamese workers were sent back home from unrest-plagued Libya from July to August 10, the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA)’s Department of Overseas Labor Management said.
The 184 returnees are among the 682 workers that the Vietnam Manpower Commercial Joint Stock Company (Vinamex) provided for South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd (HEC), the department said.
They worked for a housing project in the eastern city of Al Bayda, about 200km from strife-torn Benghazi in Libya.
Welcoming back the workers at Noi Bai airport on Sunday, Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen said her ministry will continue working with the Vietnamese Embassy in Libya to quickly bring home the remaining Vietnamese workers, especially those trapped in the fighting areas.
Today, August 11, another Vietnam Airlines flight will take 254 Vietnamese workers from Cairo to Noi Bai, and the remaining 244 workers are expected to be home on Tuesday, the ministry said.
The Egyptian government has agreed to extend the transit time to 72 hours from 12 hours for Vietnamese workers evacuated from Libya, the Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt said.
The MOLISA said it will provide financial support and new jobs for the workers to help them stabilize their life soon, Minister Chuyen said.
By mid-July 2014, Vietnam had had 1,750 workers in Libya in total, including 281 working in the strife-torn areas of Tripoli and Benghazi, she said.
Vietnamese citizens in Libya can contact the Vietnamese Embassy in the North African country via the hotlines +0084 918370497 or +0084 948948458 for help in emergency cases, the MOLISA said.