x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Al Ain crash victims' families promised financial help

The families of the Al Ain crash victims will receive financial support from the Bangladesh government, the embassy has said.

The families of the Al Ain crash victims will receive financial support from the Bangladesh government, the embassy said yesterday.

Officials from the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment have been collecting the relatives' details so it can help them accordingly, said Mohammed Shahadat Husain, a counsellor at the embassy in Abu Dhabi.

The ministry has already paid 35,000 Bangladeshi taka (Dh1,644) to the victims' families for burial and funeral expenses, he added.

Ministry officials have been sent to various airports in Bangladesh to ensure the families receive the victims' bodies and to offer assistance.

"The ministry will announce soon financial assistance for families as well as job offers for those who are willing," Mr Husain said.

About 200,000 taka is expected to be given out to each family who lost someone in the accident, he added. But so far there has been no official announcement about monetary assistance.

Seven bodies were repatriated to Chittagong yesterday. Of the 21 men killed in the road accident last Monday, 19 were from Bangladesh. Twelve bodies will be flown from Abu Dhabi to Dhaka and Sylhet tomorrow, said Latiful Haq Kazmi, a counsellor at the embassy.

Mr Kazmi said the mission had been striving to provide families and dependants with more than Dh200,000 as compensation on humanitarian grounds, as most had lost their family's breadwinner.

After the repatriation process ends, the mission will start mobilising messages among the community to generate funds for victims' families, he said.

Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Minister of Interior, assured maximum assistance and the ministry paid to repatriate the men.

The ministry has asked the Bangladesh mission to provide information about the families, including their economic conditions.

"We will collect and provide them," Mr Kazmi said. "The UAE government is a very kind-hearted and supportive government."

According to the embassy, 19 Bangladeshis died in the accident, along with one Indian and one Egyptian.

Early reports said the number of dead was 22, but DNA tests identified only 21 bodies.

anwar@thenational.ae