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PM asks party leaders to stand beside families of plane crash victims

DHAKA, March 14, 2018 (BSS) - Describing the US-Bangla Airlines plane crash in Nepal as "very unfortunate", Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today asked her party leaders and workers to stand beside the families of the crash victims.

"I've already directed our leaders and workers to communicate with the families of the plane crash victims and convey our sympathy to them ... we're making efforts to help them," she said.

Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, was addressing a joint meeting of the party presidium, advisory council, the Central Working Committee and associate bodies at her official Ganabhaban residence here this evening.

She said that AL leaders and activists will inquire about the present condition of the families of the plane crash victims and find out a way how the party could help them.

The prime minister said nearly 51 people including Bangladesh, Nepalese, Chinese and Maldivian nationals were killed in the crash which is very unfortunate.

She also said that two officials of the Planning Commission, some students of a private medical college in Sylhet and a member of CRI (Centre for Research and Information) team died in the plane crash.

"Some flowers have dropped before blooming," she said in an emotion charged voice.

Sheikh Hasina mentioned that she returned to the country yesterday evening curtailing her official tour to Singapore. "From Singapore I talked to the Nepalese prime minister just after the incident," she said.

She pointed out that Bangladesh is sending a medical team for the better treatment of the injured. "We're also sending another team to collect DNA sample of the victims for their identification," she said. She also said that after the incident the Nepal authority very quickly started their rescue operation. Sheikh Hasina said earlier today the government declared a one-day state mourning for Thursday in memory of the victims of the US-Bangla Airlines plane crash in Kathmandu.

She said that the national flag will be hoisted half-mast across the country on Thursday.

Besides, special prayers will be held at all religious institutions and worship places, including mosques, temples, churches and pagodas across the country on Friday, she said.