“Please come and take us away from here,” wailed TK Sreepada, 6, to her uncle in Chennai on Monday afternoon, lying injured in a hospital in Nepal with her elder sister TK Sreevardhini, 9. Their father, Tirumala Kidambi Sreekanth, 36, a software engineer with Infosys, too is in the hospital, unconscious.
At the time of this copy going to press, the girls did not know that their mother, Latha Sreekanth, had died in the aircraft crash which landed them in hospital. “We are in a state of shock, and distraught that these two little girls will have a life without their mother,” K Srinivasan, the girls’ uncle, a public sector bank official, said.
Sreekanth’s parents were in Tirupati, the abode of Lord Balaji in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, when their son got injured in the crash. “He has had a head injury, but no swelling. Doctors are yet to declare him safe,” Srinivasan said.
Sreevardhini has an injury above her right eye and Sreepada has a fracture on her right leg. Sreekanth had returned with his family to Chennai last year after five years in the US.
LS Sudarsanam, 43, of Kumbakanam is the second person from Tamil Nadu to have died in the crash.
Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa has issued directions for bringing back bodies of victims from the state.