Italian cruise tragedy: 17 Indians return, others on way

January 19th, 2012 - 5:56 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) Seventeen of over 200 Indians rescued from the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia, which hit a rock and sank off the coast of Italy last week, returned home Thursday.

The external affairs ministry has set up help desks at the airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad to help families and relatives of those rescued from the ill-fated ship.

Two survivors have reached Mumbai and around 36 survivors will be brought to Mumbai later in the day. Nineteen people will reach Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. The rest will come back to India Friday.

There were 203 Indians on board the ship. Thirtythree-year-old Robello Russel Terence is missing.

The government has stepped up efforts to trace him. After the rescue, one Indian is staying back.

The Italian luxury liner was carrying over 4,200 people when it ran aground on a reef off Giglio island in western Italy. More than 60 people were injured in the accident and six killed.

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