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Kasargode in shock after Air India tragedy

india Updated: May 23, 2010 17:47 IST

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This northernmost district of Kerala was on Sunday reeling under the shock of losing 40 of its natives in the Mangalore air crash as bodies begin to arrive for burial.

There is hardly a village in the district not touched by the tragedy where hundreds of families live on the money sent by their near and dear ones working in Gulf countries.

"No one has yet recovered from the deep shock left by the tragedy. There are families still waiting for bodies of their kin to reach here," Union Minister E Ahamed said at the house of a victim at Uppala near here.

While the number of Keralites killed was put at 50 this morning, locals said the figure could be higher.

Most of the victims are Muslims and the deceased include Kasargode Joint Jama-ath Council Secretary Kaleel Ibrahim Thalankara, an influential community leader and social figure.

According to local politicians and social workers, there are several villages in the area where atleast one member of each family works in the Gulf.

"The moment the news of the tragedy broke, we knew that the majority of the victims would be from here because they mostly depend on Mangaore for air travel as it is the nearest airport," Unnikrishnan, a local journalist, told PTI.

In the last couple of weeks, there has been an increase in homebound travellers from the Gulf as it is the wedding season, he said.

Those who died included would be grooms and those coming to attend weddings.