Beijing: The\nIndian authorities are in talks with Chinese authorities to evacuate 250\nIndians stuck in the coronavirus-hit China\u2019s city- Wuhan and Hubei.\n\n\n\nAccording to sources, the diplomats in the Indian Embassy have\nheld a meeting with the authorities in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China\non Monday.\n\n\n\nSo far the death toll in China has climbed to 82 with at least 2,744\nconfirmed cases mostly in Wuhan and other Chinese cities.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n"In the meeting, Chinese authorities briefed on the steps taken by them to\ncontain the spread of coronavirus outbreak. Various options for evacuating\nforeign nationals from Wuhan\/Hubei province were also discussed," the\nembassy officials said.\n\n\n\n"We continue to engage with the Chinese authorities to\nensure the safety and well-being of Indian nationals in Hubei province. We will\nupdate you when we have more information from the Chinese authorities,"\nread the circular posted by authorities.\n\n\n\nAddressing other issues like food, water and other essential supplies,\nthe embassy said Hubei Foreign Affairs Office has provided two helplines\n(027-87122256 and 87811173) on which the provincial authorities can be\ncontacted round the clock. \n\n\n\n"You may approach them on issues that you may face there.\nHowever, please also let us know about your concern with specific details so\nthat we are also able to take it up with the authorities in Hubei," it\nsaid.\n\n\n\nAccording to sources, the coronavirus hit Wuhan city has nearly 700 Indian students, a majority of them studying medicine, others pursuing doctorates from universities in the city and nearby areas.\n\n\n\nReports said a majority of students have left the Wuhan city weeks ago to avail the Chinese New Year holidays while over 250 to 300 Indian students are reportedly stuck in the city.\n\n\n\nChina\u2019s Wuhan and 12 other cities are completely sealed to stop\nthe virus from spreading.\n\n\n\nIn the wake of concerns for Indians still stuck in China, the Indian\nEmbassy here in the last few days has set up two hotlines for the students in\nWuhan to extend assistance and took up it up with the local officials about\nproper supply of food and other necessities for them.\n\n\n\nThe embassy also tweeted on\nMonday that in addition to the three hotlines (+8618610952903, +8618612083629,\n+8618612083617), it has also opened a dedicated email ID,\firstname.lastname@example.org, to deal with the ongoing emergency.\n\n\n\nThe embassy also requested some\nof the stranded Indians to furnish the details of their passports.\n\n\n\nMeanwhile, expectations for early evacuation increased after the Chinese government permitted the US to airlift its Wuhan-based diplomats and Americans citizens. France, UK and South Korea are also trying to airlift their citizens stuck in Wuhan.