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Dubai-based Kerala family killed in Nepal was celebrating marriage anniversary, kids' birthdays

Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)/Dubai Filed on January 22, 2020 | Last updated on January 22, 2020 at 05.22 am
Dubai-based Kerala family killed in Nepal was celebrating marriage anniversary, kids birthdays

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News of the family's death has shattered their friends and relatives in Dubai.

A Kerala family based in Dubai Praveen Krishnan Nair (39), and wife Saranya (34), died along with their three kids Sreebhadra (9), Aarcha (8) and Abhi Nair (7) in a suspected gas leak incident that claimed eight lives in Nepal on Tuesday, January 21. Colleagues and family sources close to Praveen Nair and his wife Saranya confirmed to Khaleej Times that the couple had travelled to Nepal to celebrate their kids' birthdays and their 10th wedding anniversary which was in December.

News of the family's death has shattered their friends and relatives in Dubai. Praveen hails from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala and has been working for a contracting company called Kalandoor Group of Companies in Dubai for the past 11 years. His wife has been pursuing her Master's degree in Ernakulam, Kochi, said family members.

"All his kids were born in January. There were only a few days difference between their birthdays," said Praveen's employer Kalandoor. "He left from Dubai to Ernakulam on Thursday, and took his family to Nepal on Friday. He was due to return to work on Saturday," he added.

"He was a great person and like a family member to us. He joined our company as a project manager and today is he an operations manager and the second-in-charge," said Kalandoor.

Praveen and his family were five out of the total of eight Indian tourists who were killed on Tuesday after they fell unconscious due to a possible gas leak in their room at a resort in Nepal.

The Indian nationals were airlifted to HAMS hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival, Superintendent of Police Sushil Singh Rathaur told media. Praveen's friend Ranjith Kumar TB (39) who hails from Kozhikode, his wife Indu Ranjith (34) and their son Vaishnav Ranjith (2) were also sleeping in the same room, according to a press release issued by the District Police Office, Makwanpur. All three of them too died.

The couple had two children, their son Madhav was reportedly was sleeping in a different room and his life was spared

Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs V. Muraleedharan said that efforts are on to bring the bodies of eight Keralites who suffocated to death at a resort in Nepal.

"Praveen and family from Chempazhanthy (Thiruvananthapuram) and Ranjith and family from Kunnamangalam (Kozhikode) died," said Muraleedharan.

"The Indian Embassy in Kathmandu is taking efforts to bring the bodies of the deceased back to Kerala. We are in constant communication with the embassy," he added.


Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person, and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics, and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling, and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88

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