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Russia: EMERCOM outline extra support for relatives of crash victims

9 01.11.2015 Инфо

Head of the Centre of Emergency Psychological Aid of the Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) Yuliia Shoigu spoke to the press inside St. Petersburg's Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sunday. She outlined the support network that has been set up by Russian authorities to help the relatives of those who were on board the Kogalymavia (Metrojet) 7K9268 plane when it crashed in Sinai, Egypt. Shoigu said that officials "meet those families who arrived by plane or car, or came to the airport in order to get the information about their relatives." She also explained that throughout the whole day, relatives were receiving psychological support, citing the 24-hour hotline that EMERCOM has set up that is operational in both directions - families can call the hotline, while officials and support staff are also calling the relatives. She confirmed that home visits will also be available to those who require additional support. Around 100 rooms and suites out of approximately 300 in the hotel are reserved or occupied by relatives of the passengers who were aboard the Kogalymavia (Metrojet) 7K9268 plane crash. The Russian Airbus A321 passenger plane went down in Sinai, Egypt, less than 30 minutes after taking off for St. Petersburg. There were a total of 224 people on board - 217 passengers, including 17 children, and seven crew members, with reports indicating that all but three passengers, who are purportedly Ukrainian, were Russian.