Wails rend air as bodies of Bahrain fire victims arrive in DhakaSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 23/01/2013 9:10 am in World / no comments
DHAKA, Jan. 22 — Wails and cries rent the air in Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport as bodies of 13 Bangladeshi workers killed in a camp fire in Bahrain on Jan. 11 arrived here Tuesday evening.
A flight of Emirates Airlines carrying the bodies from Bahrain landed at about 6 p.m. (local time) at the airport where officials and bereaved family members gathered to receive their beloved ones since afternoon.
Bangladesh Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain joined the officials at the airport to hand the charred bodies over to their families.
Relatives and even many officials wailed as groundhandlers carried out one after another bodies.
The South Asian country has announced to provide each of the families with 35,000 taka for burial. The Bangladeshi government has also announced to later give the families 200,000 taka each in compensation.
The fire reportedly swept through a camp building where more than 135 laborers, including the victims, resided. The building in Bahrain capital Manama was more than three decades old and reportedly had no maintenance.