Over 4,000 Tamils in Bahrain who have been affected by the impact of COVID-19 has requested their government to repatriate them home.

Bharati Tamil Sangam in Bahrain had written to Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami to help organise flights between Bahrain and Tamil Nadu and help more than 4,000 Tamils to reach their homes safely, according to The Hindu.

M. Muthuvel, assistant general secretary, Bharati Tamil Sangam, said the Tamils stuck in Bahrain wanted the State government to intervene and arrange flights back to Tamil Nadu at the earliest.

“We have been providing food and dry rations to many of them. But they will feel better if they reach their hometown,” he said.

Scores of Tamilians took to social media urging the government to consider their plight.

“I lost my job in March and ever since I am not able to find another job. It has been over 70 days since I’m staying in my room. I do not know how I will afford the room rent and food. Requesting the govt to please arrange a flight to return to Tamil Nadu” said Venkat.

“My wife is five months pregnant and I want to send her home. There are over 25 Tamil natives stranded here facing many issues and their only hope is to return to Tamil Nadu. We need the governments to help to repatriate these workers and family back home” said Alagarswamy.

Meanwhile, a massive relief effort to provide free air tickets to financially constrained expatriates has been launched by South Indian Actor Mammootty. Hearing this, many Tamilians have also expressed that Kollywood actors (Tamil cinema) too ought to sponsor air tickets for labourers who have lost their jobs.