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Four Indians were among those killed in Ethiopia plane crash

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Mar 11 2019 9:21AM
Four Indians were among those killed in Ethiopia plane crash
Sushma asks Indian envoy in Ethiopia to provide all assistance to the victim’s families António Guterres ‘deeply saddened’ as 19 UN staff also perished in Ethiopia plane crash UN and it’s agencies to fly their flags at half-mast at offices today (Monday, Mar 11) New Delhi, Mar 11 (HS): Four Indians, including an Environment Ministry consultant, were among the 157 killed when a Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines Plane crashed soon after take off. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has asked Indian High Commissioner in Ethiopia to provide all help and assistance to the families of those killed in plane crash. The deceased Indian nationals are Vaidya Pannagesh Bhaskar, Vaidya Hansin Annagesh, Nukavarapu Manisha and Shikha Garg. Sushma Swaraj said in a tweet that Ms Garg was a Consultant with the Ministry of Environment and Forests and she was travelling to attend UNEP meeting in Nairobi. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar has extended condolences to the families of those killed in the incident. In a tweet, he said that India''s Mission in Addis Ababa is in touch with the airlines and local authorities. The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said that he was “deeply saddened at the tragic loss of lives”, in Ethiopia plane crash as there were also 19 UN staff among the dead. An Ethiopian Airlines fight crashed shortly after take off from the capital Addis Ababa on Sunday, killing 157 people on board. The Boeing airliner bound for the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, took off at 8:44 am local time, losing contact with air traffic control at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, just six minutes later. The plane was reportedly carrying passengers from more than 35 different countries. Guterres conveyed his “heartfelt sympathies and solidarity to the victims’ families and loved ones, including those of United Nations staff members, as well as sincere condolences to the Government and people of Ethiopia”. According to the UN Department of Safety and Security in Kenya, 19 UN staff perished in the crash. The World Food Programme (WFP) lost seven staff, the Office of the High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) lost two, as did the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Sudan, World Bank and UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) each lost one staff member. Six staff from the UN Office in Nairobi (UNON) were also tragically killed. The cause of the disaster is not yet known, although weather conditions were reportedly good and the plane went down in a field near Bishoftu, around 35 miles southeast of the capital. The UN is in contact with the Ethiopian authorities and “working closely with them to establish the details of United Nations personnel who lost their lives in this tragedy” the Secretary-General said in a statement. The disaster happened on the eve of the UN Environment Assembly when Heads of State, environment ministers and thousands of others will convene for five days in the Kenyan capital. Many senior UN officials took to Social Media to express their condolences and sadness. On Twitter, José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO,) sent his “heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the bereaved families”, saying that one FAO staff member was among the victims. Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) David Beasley tweeted that “the WFP family mourns”, adding that “we will do all that is humanly possible to help the families at this painful time. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers”, he said. On behalf of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), whose Headquarters are in Nairobi, Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif tweeted here “deepest condolences and prayers to the Great Nation of Ethiopia and to the families of the passengers and crew members who lost their lives in this tragedy. May they rest in eternal peace”. International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director-General António Vitorino issued a statement expressing his deep sadness over the lives lost, “including a young IOM staff member Anne-Katrin Feigl”, who “was en route to a training course in Nairobi as part of her role as a Junior Professional Officer”. Catherine Northing, Chief of the IOM Mission in Sudan where Ms. Feigl worked, called her “an extremely valued colleague and popular staff member, committed and professional”, saying “her tragic passing has left a big hole and we will all miss her greatly”. As a mark of respect IOM said it would “fly its flag at half-mast at its offices today (Monday, March 11), as will the UN and it’s agencies”. (With inputs from United Nations) Hindusthan Samachar/Shri Ram Shaw
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