4 more Indians die in Oman cyclone
Four more Indians have died in the devastating cyclone that hit Oman early this week, taking the toll of Indians to six even as six others remain missing.india Updated: Jun 10, 2007 22:30 IST
Four more Indians have died in the devastating cyclone that hit Oman early this week, taking the toll of Indians to six even as six others remain missing.
The bodies of Prithvi Pal Singh, Prempal Singh (both from Punjab), Anil Kumar of Ottapalam at Palakkad in Kerala and Sarawana Kumar Pillai have been found, Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed told reporters here.
Details about Pillai is not known as only an ID card has been recovered from his body, he said.
The doctors have informed the Indian Embassy officials that the body of Anil Kumar was in a highly decomposed state and advised them to cremate there, Ahamed said. Ahamed himself and Embassy officials have spoken to the father of Anil Kumar and conveyed the advise of Omanese doctors to him.
The families of both the Singhs are settled in Muscat.
The government also decided to waive for a month the charge of 30 Omanese Riyal collected from those in Oman who apply for duplicate passports.
"Many people have lost their passports and so we have decided to waive of the charges for a month," Ahamed said.
Earlier, the death of Prakash from Mysore in Karnataka and Pokkan Sreenu, hailing from East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, was confirmed by authorities here.
Among those missing after the cyclone hit Oman's coastal areas on Wednesday are Sajit Kumar (Calicut, Kerala), Udayan (Guruvayur, Kerala), Sami (Andhra Pradesh), Mohammed Ali and Binu (both from Ernakulam, Kerala).
The name of another missing person from Punjab is not yet known. Two other Indians Dharmarajan and Mohammed Abdul Rahim both from Andhra Pradesh, were injured in the storm.