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Bangladeshi Minister discusses US-Bangla crash with Minister Thapa

Kathmandu

Mar 14, 2018-

Visiting Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism of Bangladesh A.K.M Shahjahan Kamal on Wednesday held a meeting with Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa to discuss the US-Bangla aircraft crash.

During the meeting held at the Home Minster's office in Singha Durbar, Minister Thapa extended his profound sorrow over the loss of valuable lives in the aircraft crash that occurred at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Monday. There were 71 people including crew members on board the ill-fated aircraft when the incident occurred.

He apprised the Bangladeshi Minister who arrived here on Tuesday leading a high-level delegation to take stock of the deadly crash that the government had already formed a probe committee to look into the matter.

Following the incident, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and he had reached the TIA to instruct authorities concerned to leave no stone unturned to guarantee timely rescue of the survivors and relief for them, he told to the Bangaladeshi Minister. “The government of Nepal has done its best for the prompt rescue and relief of the victims."

Process of identifying bodies of the Bangladeshis killed in the crash and their postmortem are underway and arrangements are in place to send the mortal remains back to home as soon as possible once such works get over, according to the Home Minister.

The Minister of Bangladesh said they were deeply saddened by the loss of precious lives in the crash and thanked the Nepal Government for its prompt response to it. He added that they had felt no lacking in the rescue efforts made by Nepal, following the crash.

As stated by him, he had earlier visited 10 Bangladeshi men who were on board the ill-fated aircraft at Kathmandu Medical College, Norvic International Hospital and OM Hospital where they are undergoing treatment and is satisfied over the care provided for them.

"The family of one injured from Bangladesh who is receiving treatment at OM Hospital wants to take the patient to Singapore for further treatment and orthopedicians and medical specialists for burn injuries from Bangladesh wish to visit Nepal to assist treatment in those injured in the crash," the Bangladeshi Minister informed Minister Thapa, seeking his help build an atmosphere towards this end.

In response, the Home Minister said that Nepal was ready to facilitate the process if it was proceeded through the Nepal-based Embassy of Bangladesh.

The two ministers agreed on facilitating the investigations into the incident from both sides and take elaborative measures so as to avoid such incident from recurring in the future.

A total of 51 people including the crew members have so far been confirmed dead in the crash occurred at 2:18 pm local time. Among them, 22 are Nepalis, 28 from Bangladesh and one Chinese citizen. Others 20 injured in the deadly accident are receiving treatment at various hospitals in Kathmandu.  RSS

Published: 14-03-2018 18:58

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