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 Home » News » Saudi - Friday 28 Apr 2006

25 People Dead in Road Accident at Jeddah-Madinah highway

Jeddah - 41 local residents who were traveling between Jeddah-Madinah by making a private arrangement through an un-recognized travel agent, with the intention of offering Friday prayers at Madinah met with an accident at a placed called Raheli on the Jeddah-Madinah highway at around 2300 hrs on 27 May 2006.

The bus reportedly fell into a ditch. Out of 41 passengers, 16 are believed to be Indians; 13 Pakistanis, 9 Bangladeshis and the nationality of 3 persons is unknown. As a result of this accident, 25 people are confirmed dead out of whom 8 have been identified as Indians. 4 Indians are reported to have been admitted in the King Fahd Hospital for severe injuries, sources from CGI Jeddah confirmed.

The dead bodies were taken to King Abdulaziz Hospital & Oncology Center, Jeddah. Immediately upon receipt of information of the accident, the Consulate General of India, Jeddah made arrangements to send a team of officials led by Mr. D.B.Bhati, Vice Consul(Community Welfare) to King Abdulaziz Hospital to identify the deceased and to provide necessary assistance to the next of kin. The Welfare Section of the Consulate was kept opened to issue “No Objection Certificate for Local Burial” to facilitate speedy burial of the deceased.

A separate team of officials of Community Welfare Section visited the King Fahd Hospital to meet the injured people admitted their. Later in the evening the Consul General visited King Abdulaziz Hospital & Oncology Center to meet the next of the kith and kin and participate in the funeral prayers.

The work relating to the identification of the deceased is still underway and the information on the injured would be available round the clock on mobile no. 0556122301 and at Consulate’s website www.cgijeddah.com


By: Syed Zia ur Rahman, YaHind News
 
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