UN expresses condolences to DR Congo over Kisangani plane crash

15:01, July 11, 2011      

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The United Nations Mission for Stabilization of Congo (MONUSCO) on Sunday expressed condolences to the government and people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) over a plane crash that killed more than 70 people.

"The UN also expresses its condolences to the families of the people who lost their lives and it promises to offer any possible support to the Congolese authorities," a MONUSCO statement indicated.

The Bangladeshi and Belgian contingents of MONUSCO have been offering emergency medical assistance to the victims and helped in the evacuation of the injured people to the town's hospitals since the crash, which occurred on July 8 at the Kisangani international airport.

In the capital Kinshasa, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been working with the Congolese Health Ministry to dispatch personnel and additional medical equipment to the affected zones.

"Even though the UN has already offered this assistance, it will still hold talks with the Congolese authorities to offer them additional support if need rises," the MONUSCO statement added.

"The UN which recently suffered a similar fate when a MONUSCO plane crashed, understands well the logistical and psychological needs linked to a catastrophe of this nature," said the special representative of the UN secretary general to DR Congo, Roger Meece.

"In this regard, the UN will continue to do all that is possible, with all the means that it has, to support the Congolese authorities to overcome the immediate challenges that will arise from this accident," he said.

A plane owned by Hewa Bora Airways carrying 118 people crashed while landing at the Kisangani airport in the northeast of DR Congo amid heavy rains, killing at least 74 people, according to the latest information.

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