With agony, they wait for the dead | 2018-03-18 | daily-sun.com

Plane Crash

With agony, they wait for the dead

Staff Correspondent     18 March, 2018 12:00 AM printer

It is still uncertain when the family members are getting back the dead bodies of their loved ones who were killed in the tragic plane crash in Nepal as the Nepalese authorities are yet to make any formal announcement in this regard.

Sources said the identified bodies of Bangladeshi citizen will be sent back to Bangladesh from Monday, but family members fear that it will take more time.

Dr Sohel Mahmud, head of the Bangladesh medical team in Nepal, on Friday said the identified bodies will be handed over to their relatives after Monday.

“We have discussed the matter with the Nepalese authorities. We are hopeful that the process will begin on Monday”, he added.

While talking to the media, Bangladesh ambassador to Nepal Mashfi Binte Shams said they are trying to start the process of handing over identified dead bodies to their families.

“It may begin from Monday or Tuesday. We will try our best but nothing sure yet”, he said. However, family members of the deceased fear that it will take around a month to get back the dead bodies.

Talking about this, Sohel Mahmud said they will collect samples like teeth, hair, and bones of the victims that will help confirm their identities. The entire procedure will take eight to 10 days.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, also general secretary of Awami League, said  Bangladeshi medical team has started working on DNA test. Soon after the DNA sample collection, the Bangladesh government will start the identification process and bringing back the dead bodies.

A total of 49 people, including 26 Bangladeshis, were killed when a US-Bangla aircraft crashed in Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday.