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No survivors on crashed Kenyan plane, confirms India

India on Monday confirmed that there were no survivors on the Kenyan plane that crashed in Cameroon on Saturday with 115 people on board.

New Delhi, May 7 : India on Monday confirmed that there were no survivors on the Kenyan plane that crashed in Cameroon on Saturday with 115 people on board.

Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma said though it was not sure whether the number of Indians on board the plane was 15 or 16, but there were no survivors.

"A tragic accident has taken place. According to Kenyan authorities, it is confirmed that the Kenyan plane had crashed and there are no survivors," Sharma told reporters here after meeting Ruhakana Rugunda, Uganda's Interior Minister.

Sharma further said, "The plane has been completely submerged in a swamp. They have not been able to retrieve the bodies so far. Once the bodies are recovered by the Kenyan authorities, then the next step obviously would be to try and get the bodies back as quickly as possible. But that will have to wait until the relief work has been set in motion or the retrieval of the bodies is done by the authorities concerned".

The Boeing 737-800 went missing early on Saturday shortly after leaving Cameroon's Douala airport for Nairobi amidst torrential rain. The passengers and crew hailed from 27 nations.

The aircraft was found late on Sunday not far from Douala airport.

The crash site is more than 100 km from where radar-equipped helicopters, ground search parties and villagers on motorbikes spent most of the weekend combing dense tropical forest.

Meanwhile, Sharma added that New Delhi has received assurance from Uganda on providing security to all its nationals affected in recent rioting.

"All steps that were required were taken by their government and the security forces to ensure protection to people of Indian origin and Indian nationals there. That includes the return of stolen property after those riots last month," he said.

Three people, including a man of Indian origin, were stoned to death in Uganda last month during a protest organized by two lawmakers against a government proposal to give an Indian-owned company almost a third of a rainforest reserve to grow sugarcane.

Mobs looted shops, dragged people off motorcycles while police rescued over100 people of Indian origin, scenes recalling the late dictator Idi Amin's 1972 expulsion of all Asians.

ANI

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