Indians killed in Jeddah bus mishap
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Indians killed in Jeddah bus mishap

Twenty-eight people including eight Indians were killed when a bus fell into a ditch in Saudi Arabia.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2006 14:13 IST

Eight Indians were among the 28 people killed when the bus they were travelling in fell into a ditch near Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

"Eight were Indians out of the 28 killed in the accident. We have identified most of the victims and efforts are on to inform the families of victims about them," Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed said.

A majority of the Indians killed belonged to Kerala, he added.

Sixteen of the 41 passengers in the bus were Indians, thirteen were Pakistanis and nine were Bangladeshis, said the Indian consulate in Jeddah. The nationality of three people is still unknown.

The injured Indians have been admitted to the King Fahd Hospital.

The passengers, all local residents, were travelling to Madinah to offer Friday prayers when the bus plunged into the ditch at Rabeli on the Jeddah­Madinah highway on Thursday at around 9 pm.

The passengers had reportedly made arrangements with an unrecognised travel agent for the trip.

The bodies have been taken to the King Abdulaziz Hospital & Oncology Center in Jeddah.

The Indian consulate in Jeddah made arrangements to send a team of officials led by DB Bhati, vice consul (community welfare), to the hospital to identify the deceased and provide assistance to the next of kin.

The welfare section of the Indian consulate was kept open to issue No Objection Certificates for Local Burial to facilitate speedy burial of the deceased, the consulate said.

A separate team of welfare officials visited the King Fahd Hospital to meet the injured people. The consul general visited King Abdulaziz Hospital & Oncology Center later in the evening to meet relatives of the dead and participate in funeral prayers.

First Published: Apr 29, 2006 12:07 IST