The first bodies of the people who died in a lorry in the UK were transported to Hanoi this morning, November 27.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the bodies of 39 people will be transported on several flights, with the first flight carrying 16 bodies arriving in Hanoi on November 27.
“Local authorities from three central provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh came to the airport this morning to receive the bodies,” the ministry said.
Speaking with Dantri/DTiNews on Wednesday morning, chief of the Nghe An Provincial People’s Committee Office, Dang Thanh Tung, said that they had sent a team including police and health officers to Noi Bai International Airport to receive the bodies.
Chairman of Dien Thinh Communal People’s Committee in Dien Chau District, Le Huy Hong, also told DTiNews that they were preparing to receive the bodies of four people in the district today, including two from Dien Thinh Commune.
Vice chairman of Can Loc District People’s Committee in Ha Tinh Province, Bui Huy Cuong, said that the province sent nine ambulances to Hanoi on November 26 to receive the bodies.
“Only local officials from the departments of Health, External Relations and Public Security are allowed to take the bodies,” Cuong said. “Due to security reasons, family members are not allowed to come to the airport.”
Earlier, families have been informed about the cost for transporting cremated ashes at VND41 million (USD1,300) and bodies at VND66 million (USD2,200) including the coffin.
Cuong said that all families in the province chose to receive the bodies of their relatives.
The neighbouring province of Quang Binh has also sent a team to receive the bodies of two local people who all live in Bo Trach District.
A source at Noi Bai International Airport said that a flight transporting the bodies of the first Essex lorry victims arrived at the airport early this morning.
On October 23, 39 bodies were found in a lorry in Essex, UK. On November 8, the police in the UK and Vietnam announced that all of the victims were Vietnamese. 21 of them were from Nghe An Province, 10 from Ha Tinh, three from Hai Phong, three from Quang Binh and one each were from Hai Duong and Thua Thien-Hue provinces.