Rain dampens rescue efforts in Pakistani plane crash as nation mourns

19:15, July 29, 2010      

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Rescue workers search the wreckage of an Airblue passenger plane which crashed on the outskirts of Islamabad July 28, 2010. A Pakistani passenger plane crashed in heavy rain near Islamabad on Wednesday, killing all 152 people on board, officials said, in the worst aviation accident in Pakistan. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Nature joins the aggrieved Pakistani nation Thursday that mourns the death of 152 people killed in Wednesday's passenger plane crash in the capital city Islamabad, as desperate relatives were frustrated because search for a dozen more missing bodies was seriously compromised due to heavy monsoon rains.

There was not a single eye that did not burst into tears when three bodies including a newly-wed couple arrived in Karachi early Thursday morning. Five more bodies are also being sent by air to Karachi, an aviation sources told Xinhua.

Submerged deep into grief and sorrow many others awaiting relatives did not wink an eye the whole night still frustrated around airports and hospitals for news about their perished loved ones. The funeral prayers in absentia (an Islamic faith observance to pay homage to dead) has also been offered across the country.

Some relatives of the victims protested at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Islamabad, on Thursday morning for delay in handing over of bodies of their relatives. Most remained clueless even after traveling long distances to Islamabad about the remains of their relatives.

"We spent an uncomfortable night under the open raining sky after traveling to Islamabad," complained Mubashir, whose sobbing red eyes matched all others around at the PIMS hospital. "We have been asked to run around to morgue in one corner and for DNA test to the other," he added.

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