Families of the seven dead anxiously await return of bodies for last rites
BY Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, April 28: At least 22 persons from Assam are still untraced in Nepal that has been ravaged by Saturday’s earthquake.
State Home Commissioner LS Changsan said the government has information about the presence of 141 persons from Assam in Nepal when the quake rattled the Himalayan tion.
“Of them 92 have returned to India, 13 are safe in Nepal, while 7 are undergoing treatment at Kathmandu hospitals. Twenty two people are still untraced,” she said.
The bodies of seven pilgrims from Assam who died in the catastrophe are yet to be brought back due to “technical reasons.” Officials said the bodies have decomposed badly. Moreover, there is now a rush in people moving out of Nepal.
There is utter despondency among the family members of the seven victims. The uncertainty over the fate of the bodies has caused tension among the family members, some of them now taking recourse to medication for hypertension and blood pressure.
“We were told that the bodies are likely to arrive in Delhi tonight. Meanwhile, we have instructed IGP SN Singh to rush to Nepal with a disaster magement team to explore the possibility of bringing the bodies via road,” the Home Commissioner said.
The Assam government on Tuesday collected D samples from the family members to match with the seven persons from the State who died in Nepal. Of the seven bodies recovered from under the debris, six have been identified. "The seventh body is of a woman, but could not be identified by the family members," Changsan said, expressing hopes that the D alysis will be helpful to identify the body. Meanwhile, five persons from Assam who had gone to visit Nepal, today returned to the State.